The Lovely Bones (2009) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lovely Bones (2009)



Critic Consensus: It's stuffed full of Peter Jackson's typically dazzling imagery, but The Lovely Bones suffers from abrupt shifts between horrific violence and cloying sentimentality.

Movie Info

Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is just experiencing the pangs of first love when she's viciously murdered by her neighbor Mr. Harvey (Stanley Tucci), a predatory wolf with a deceptively mundane appearance. As her family slowly begins drifting apart while struggling to make sense of their loss, Susie bravely attempts to find her footing in the hereafter. Meanwhile, down on earth, Mr. Harvey is feeling confident that he's covered his tracks well enough to get away with the crime, and begins honing in on his next victim -- Susie's younger sister, Lindsey (Rose McIver), who's beginning to suspect that he's not the harmless suburbanite he portrays himself to be. Director Peter Jackson reteams with King Kong and Lord of the Rings trilogy co-screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh to adapt Alice Sebold's bestselling novel for the big screen. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 20, 2010
Box Office: $44.0M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Mark Wahlberg
as Jack Salmon
Rachel Weisz
as Abigail Salmon
Saoirse Ronan
as Susie Salmon
Stanley Tucci
as George Harvey
Susan Sarandon
as Grandma Lynn
Michael Imperioli
as Len Fenerman
Rose McIver
as Lindsey Salmon
Christian Ashdale
as Buckley Salmon
Reece Ritchie
as Ray Singh
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Critic Reviews for The Lovely Bones

All Critics (232) | Top Critics (45)

This movie has about seven different tones it hops around, and it does so at all the wrong times.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013

Your own peace will come after you walk out, trying hard not to laugh at how crazy-bad it all is.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

Unshackled by earthly restraints, Jackson shifts his Weta toolsets into overdrive in a more-is-more free-for-all frenzy.

Full Review… | March 30, 2011

The Lovely Bones is probably a much better idea for a book than it is a movie, but it's still a very good one, and those don't come along too often.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

The talented cast struggles with, and is eventually failed by, the material. They are not aided by their director either, who seemingly stood slightly off screen and urged them to 'act bigger!'

Full Review… | October 27, 2010

I had a few bones to pick with the story.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
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Audience Reviews for The Lovely Bones

It pains me to see this huge mistake made by Peter Jackson, a ridiculous blend of contrived thriller, unconvincing drama and pathetic afterlife fantasy full of self-indulgent CGI effects - and even worse is the despicable way that it wants us to accept the murder of a 14-year-old girl as part of life.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

The Lovely Bones it's a dazzling and beautiful way to see another side of a murder. The boring and exhausting screenplay, with a cliche teen romance, a strange girl (this character is almost always in a teen movie) and the running time, just get worse Peter Jackson's sentimentalist movie. The strong tension and violence with the appellative dramatic scenes doesn't have a good chemistry in the script. Almost everything don't make The Lovely Bones a, at least, nice film to watch, the only great and sincere thing in whole picture is the outstanding performance by Stanley Tucci, a very good actor that just now is recognized by the Academy. Rotten.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer


Although this isn't really a horror for me still it's classified under horror. I can understand that some people will find it gruesome due the subject but I must say that it had no drip of red stuff in it. Not that that is important, just look at Texas Chainsaw or Halloween, they were bloodless too. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this creepy flick. It reminded me a lot of The Loved Ones somehow, it must be the use of slow motion and the score. On the other hand it also reminded me of Heavenly Creatures by the way they used the dream sequences. It's a special flick coming from the hand of Peter Jackson. Knowing him for splatter and gore in his earlier days this could be a let down for some but I really liked it the way it was shot and the use of CGI didn't bother me at all. Not for everyone but if you can stand weird flicks than this won't be a problem for you. 3 1/2 Stars 4-6-13

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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