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City of Ember Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 80/100

October 10, 2008
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 9, 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 Source: MSNBC | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2008
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

I sat there bored out of my skull, rooting for the generator to explode to put us all out of our misery.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 1/4

October 10, 2008
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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While director Gil Kenan and writer Caroline Thompson's work leans heavily toward children's fantasy, their film leaves gaping science-fiction holes.

October 10, 2008
Jon Hamblin
SFX Magazine

Ultimately, this journey to rekindle the fire of humanity fails to burn bright enough, leaving only the unpleasant taste of ashes.

Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

May 12, 2009
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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It's an unfortunate end to a promising movie.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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Ultimately, it didn't move me in any way.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 10, 2008
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com

Yes, it's a shame no one is making movies like Goonies anymore, but this pale imitation is just as disappointing.

Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 9, 2008
Richard Knight
Windy City Times

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.

Full Review Source: Windy City Times

October 13, 2008
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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 Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 12, 2008
Jeffrey Lyles
Gazette (MD)

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 Source: Gazette (MD) | Original Score: 2/5

October 9, 2008
Rebecca Murray
About.com

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 Source: About.com | Original Score: C

October 22, 2008
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 10, 2008
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Middling family fare, Ember too often smoulders when it needs to fire.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2008
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 1/5

October 9, 2008
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Retriever

October 10, 2008
Anthony Quinn
Independent

Admire it, at least, as a kids' film trying to be different, but even at 90 minutes, it drags.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 2/5

October 10, 2008
Matt Pais
Metromix.com

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 Source: Metromix.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 9, 2008
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...dismal, dramatically inert...the film plays like Bee Movie in a bomb shelter.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C-

October 10, 2008
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009

Irish Times

October 18, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 18, 2008

ComingSoon.net
November 4, 2008
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