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The Lovely Bones (2009)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 233
Fresh: 74 | Rotten: 159

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.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 46
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 32

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.



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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,

Apr 20, 2010


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All Critics (233) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (74) | Rotten (159) | DVD (7)

Jackson seems more at home in the afterlife than in this one, rendering this off-kilter project creepy and pretentious.

February 19, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comment (1)
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Some books should stay between their covers, and The Lovely Bones may well be one of them.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (4)
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Understand, the film still has power, just not as much as it should.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The movie is often wise.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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This is a distractingly busy movie, so in love with its own considerable craft that it can't stay still long enough for anything to settle in.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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Jackson's grand, computer-generated vision of Susie's Dali-like "in between," while occasionally gorgeous, leaves the viewer feeling stuck between two worlds, too. The story suffers.

January 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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This movie has about seven different tones it hops around, and it does so at all the wrong times.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

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

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source:

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.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source:

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!'

October 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Quickflix

I had a few bones to pick with the story.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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The film is such a misfire, such a disappointing collection of failed attempts at emotional affect and confounding storytelling choices, that it seems more like a bad director's attempt to rip off Jackson's style than his own work.

July 4, 2010 Full Review Source: DCist | Comments (4)

No hay manera de tomarse en serio, al menos no en el marco de una película que debió ser perturbadora y conmovedora en partes iguales, la serie de momentos Kodak imposibles con que Peter Jackson intenta retratar la vida después de la muerte.

June 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Only Tucci's chilling, truly scarier than Hannibal Lechter psychopath holds the far too fanciful scenario together, bolted to planet earth as best he can.

May 25, 2010 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

The whole plays better than that would suggest, largely due to Jackson's imagination and commanding skill.

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source:

Pet peeves and stylistic differences of opinion work against Heavenly Creatures director

May 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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For all the efforts of a fine cast, Jackson never gives his human drama the desperation and frustration it calls for...

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source:

Interview with Rose McIver of The Lovely Bones: "It was terrifying to see [Stanley Tucci] transform on screen into someone so utterly different from himself."

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source:

I never read the novel, so I have no idea if it is as tedious as Peter Jackson's movie.

April 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Artistically and technically, this film is superb, rich in excellent performances, wondrous visuals and compelling ideas. Yet for all its brilliance, The Lovely Bones remains elusive.

April 2, 2010 Full Review
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Uludo potro%u0161ena sjajna gluma%u010Dka ekipa u djelu %u010Diji zbrzani scenarij luta izme%u0111u depresivne drame, krimi-trilera i crne komedije

April 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Draxblog Movie Reviews | Comments (2)

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March 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Peter Jackson nails the dreamy atmosphere of a film straddling life and death in this story of a teenager caught between Earth and heaven.

March 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Moving Pictures Magazine
Moving Pictures Magazine

Peter Jackson is an infant sitting at the grown-ups table, and this proves once and for all he has no business making movies for adults.

March 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Weekly | Comments (9)
Philadelphia Weekly admittedly uneven yet utterly engaging piece of work that outshines its literary predecessor in every way...

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for The Lovely Bones

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
April 9, 2013
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So I had a review here about this movie but Flixster decided not to save it. Basically it was good but some of it was boring and out of place, it could have been so much better.
January 21, 2013

Super Reviewer

135 mins felt like eternity...
If it was shorter or I better say, bit faster at action, it could be more watchable.
Though ,the most annoying parts during the movie were the metaphysical mentions in the script which gave a bad fairytale atmosphere .
September 28, 2012

Super Reviewer

Guh. This is like Supernatural without the brains. Or What Dreams May Come without the heart.
July 31, 2012

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    1. George Harvey: It's all about concealment. Concealment and patience.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Susie Salmon: There was one thing my murderer didn't understand. He didn't understand how much a father could love his child.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Susie Salmon: I remember the relief. We weren't those people, those unlucky people, to whom ban things happened fro no reason.
    – Submitted by Frances H (3 months ago)
    1. Abigail Salmon: I loved the way a photo could capture a moment before it was gone.
    – Submitted by Rona K (23 months ago)
    1. George Harvey: Ducks... It's all about concealment, the art of concealment and staying up late waiting in the hours of the dark...
    – Submitted by Alexander M (2 years ago)
    1. Susie Salmon: Nobody notices when we leave. I mean, the moment when we really choose to go. At best you might feel a whisper, or the wave of a whisper, undulating down.
    2. Susie Salmon: My name is Salmon, like the fish. First name: Susie. I was fourteen years old when I was murdered on December 6th, 1973. I was here for a moment, and then I was gone. I wish you all, a long, and happy life.
    – Submitted by Jishnu V (3 years ago)
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