James Jay Edwards of FilmFracture writes: "Del Toro and Matthew Robbins (who also collaborated with del Toro on Mimic) give Nigel McKeand's ("The Waltons") original teleplay a modern spin and turn it over to first-time director Troy Nixey (more famous as a comic book artist) with terrifying results. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is suspenseful, frightening and just plain creepy. The movie is not perfect; the acting is inconsistent and the dialogue borders on corny. However, these faults can be overlooked when the film is seen as the sum of its parts. Nixey takes an uneven script and average actors and turns them into one heck of a scary movie."