City of Ember - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

City of Ember Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2011
A lot of thought and effort has been put into City of Ember but the whole is never more than the sum of its parts. It wants to be an adventure story and a fable and a mystery all at the same time and never quite decides what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Orndorf
June 2, 2010
One of the best family films of the year...if you like your kid movies with a little more bruising than normal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike Scott
September 4, 2009
Built upon a bedrock of dazzling and richly constructed sets -- think Dr. Seuss meets Jules Verne meets Mad Max -- and complemented by rock-solid storytelling, it's an enormously enjoyable family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Hamblin
SFX Magazine
May 12, 2009
Ultimately, this journey to rekindle the fire of humanity fails to burn bright enough, leaving only the unpleasant taste of ashes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
January 14, 2009
A shaky platform of sense but the visual genius is so great, the film must be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
January 13, 2009
In addition to being fascinating and exciting, City of Ember invites its young viewers to constantly ask questions and never give up.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
December 12, 2008
Tween audiences should be awestruck, and the message of audacity in the face of orthodoxy feels genuinely heroic.
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
December 12, 2008
Murray playing the glutton doesn't exactly fit the bill and for all the architectural care that's gone into Ember's creation, the secret at its heart is no mystery to us, the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Stratton
The Australian
December 12, 2008
Murray is always good to have around, and so are Tim Robbins, who plays Doon's defeated father, and Martin Landau as one of the drones who tries to keep the city in working order. The young actors are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Duff
FILMINK (Australia)
December 10, 2008
An extraordinary children's adventure...
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 4, 2008
Although it starts slowly, there are plenty of rewards in this well crafted family fantasy adventure, as it explores a world in which light bulbs form the sky and a powerful generator acts as its heartbeat.
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
December 1, 2008
This well-designed and executed piece of entertainment is actually very satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Kit Bowen
November 20, 2008
Pure escapism fun, with plenty of stark visuals and inventiveness to go around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
It's an unfortunate end to a promising movie.
Top Critic
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
Ultimately, it didn't move me in any way.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
October 23, 2008
The best family movie you never heard of is waiting for you to discover it.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Rebecca Murray
October 22, 2008
This is a movie with a very specific target audience %u2013 young people who've read the book %u2013 and it will play solely to that demographic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
October 21, 2008
Richly detailed setting does not overcome haphazard, amusement-park ride plotting.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Allan Hunter
Screen International
October 18, 2008
Visually accomplished but dramatically mundane.
Matthew Turner
October 18, 2008
Enjoyable fantasy adventure, enlivened by interesting characters, strong performances and an engaging premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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