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City of Ember Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 10, 2008
A post-apocalyptic children's fable that recalls the pre-Amelie work of Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Fritz Lang's Metropolis and Pixar's Wall-E, City of Ember is a production designer's movie that retains some of the fairy-tale darkness of the Grimm
Full Review | Original Score: 80/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 9, 2008
To be fair, City of Ember would probably entertain younger viewers, if they haven't already been hopelessly corrupted by high-powered sci-fi on TV and video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 10, 2008
While producers Fox Walden continue in their efforts to bring interesting books for youngsters to the big screen, moviegoers are advised to read the novel and skip the flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
October 10, 2008
I sat there bored out of my skull, rooting for the generator to explode to put us all out of our misery.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 10, 2008
While director Gil Kenan and writer Caroline Thompson's work leans heavily toward children's fantasy, their film leaves gaping science-fiction holes.
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
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
It's an unfortunate end to a promising movie.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
November 10, 2008
Ultimately, it didn't move me in any way.
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
October 9, 2008
Yes, it's a shame no one is making movies like Goonies anymore, but this pale imitation is just as disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
October 13, 2008
If you've ever dreamed of seeing Brazil, Dark City, City of Lost Children, or the Quay Brothers animated, Kafkaesque classic Street of Crocodiles reimagined for kids now you have your chance.
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
October 12, 2008
I like the ideas this movie presents, and it's certainly interesting to watch. But the characters are too shallow to care about anyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)
October 9, 2008
If you're in need of a good nap, you might want to stop through this city of blinded lights, but otherwise, it's not worth a visit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 10, 2008
Seems more concerned with hurtling through the story to get to the mystery waiting at the end; it has no concept of admiring the view or savoring the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
October 10, 2008
Middling family fare, Ember too often smoulders when it needs to fire.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
October 9, 2008
A loud, depressing and confusing would-be franchise-starter that is just as murky, corrupt and exhausted as the post-apocalyptic world that it depicts.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
October 10, 2008
City of Ember simply doesn't work as entertainment, ending up a cluttered mess and another example for writers to use when they pull the "Sophomore Slump" feature out for publication again.
Anthony Quinn
Independent
October 10, 2008
Admire it, at least, as a kids' film trying to be different, but even at 90 minutes, it drags.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
October 9, 2008
Will almost certainly bore both you and the child/kid brother/nephew/court-appointed protege you brought along--unless they truly love learning about pipes and power sources.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 10, 2008
...dismal, dramatically inert...the film plays like Bee Movie in a bomb shelter.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times
October 18, 2008
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008

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November 4, 2008
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