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Inkheart (2008)

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39

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 55 | Rotten: 87

Heavy on cliches and light on charm, this kid-lit fantasy-adventure doesn't quite get off the ground.

34

Average Rating: 5/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 23

Heavy on cliches and light on charm, this kid-lit fantasy-adventure doesn't quite get off the ground.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 165,932

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Author Cornelia Funke's best-selling children's novel comes to vivid life on the big screen with this family-friendly tale about a bookbinder whose storytelling skills possess the curious power to transport the characters he speaks about into the real world. When a nefarious villain from a bedtime story that the father is currently reading to his daughter emerges to kidnap the stunned storyteller, it's up to the young girl and her adventurous friends -- both real and imaginary -- to bring dad

Jun 23, 2009

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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (55) | Rotten (87) | DVD (11)

The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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[Has] plenty of thrills, a smart although oft-confusing script, delightful scenery-chewing scenes from stalwarts like Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis, and a gorgeous high-concept visual style.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Seemingly intended as a celebration of the power of books, it's an occasionally incoherent, sleep-inducing picture that reduces narrative to mere mechanics.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Over and over again, characters in Inkheart wax eloquent on the power of books. But there's nothing in the movie as haunting or as compelling as the sound they make when they speak for themselves.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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A flea market of fairy tales and hocus-pocus, Inkheart makes as much sense as an inkblot.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comments (4)
New York Post
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The overqualified cast gives its all, but logical lapses and sober-sided direction siphon off the fun.

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Cobbled-together fantasy about a dad who can "read" characters in and out of books.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Kind of a NeverEnding Story-lite, Inkheart never makes full use of its strengths. The ideas about reality and fiction have already been explored better elsewhere, even in light family films.

March 27, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Brendan Fraser's boyish face usually oozes charisma, but here he just looks plain bored. Which is kind of how the audience looked too.

August 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex
Moviedex

If there's a problem for me with Inkheart, it is one of scope. This feels like it should be an epic movie, but it's not.

June 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

For all its problems, it's a sweet, clever work.

June 23, 2009 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

When you have to question every other scene and a ferret steals the show, you know you're in trouble.

June 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

As far as movies based on books about books go, it's anything but a pageturner.

May 12, 2009 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine | Comments (2)
SFX Magazine

Readers who want to exercise their imaginations may prefer to stick to the written word. If a story gets boring, you can always skip a few pages and move on. In the cinema there isn't much choice.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: The Australian
The Australian

The message is so muddied by the film's dizzying changes in pitch and tone that a lot of young readers aren't going to know what to think.

April 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Una aventura entretenida sobre todo para público adolescente, y para todo aquel que haya disfrutado alguna vez de un buen libro de fantasía.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Gaping plot holes aside, Inkheart is a lovely little film, aimed at the bookish among us, and peppered with a love of the literary.

April 4, 2009
Screenwize

It's a familiar tale, but one told with gusto, wit and visual flare...

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out Sydney
Time Out Sydney

A diverting excursion into fantasy gothic territory.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

This adventure-fantasy film doesn't have the special effects depth of a Lord Of The Rings movie, nor the charm of the Harry Potter franchise, but it is still quite enjoyable.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Not ghastly, but not exhilarating either.

April 3, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

There's nothing terribly wrong with Inkheart but it just doesn't quite engage us,"

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile | Comments (2)
Urban Cinefile

There's a shortage of magic in this adventure fantasy, and despite some good elements including its spectacular Italian settings and a solid cast, this adaptation about storybook characters prised from their world, is a bit of a blot

March 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Kanones bebaia poy agnooyntai, prospernioyntai, lygizontai, i spane horis kamia egnoia, otan to apaitei i formoylaiki ploki gia na ftasei stin epomeni pista mias asymmazeyta asynartitis sto desimo tis plithorikis se ypoplokes kai deyteroys haraktires isto

March 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

This fantasy-lit film is too intense for young ones drawn to its books-come-to-life story and not sharp enough for Potter fans.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The main attractions are the Serious British Thespians cutting loose and having fun while still displaying convincing commitment to the fanciful material.

February 6, 2009 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Audience Reviews for Inkheart

It's a family friendly tale about the joys of reading (and because of that many characters from the classic children's library show up and put in an appearance) but the subjective feeling of joy is somehow missing, much like one of those TimeLife commercials selling classic rock packages to baby boomers (" ... and who can ever forget when we used to sing this one by Kenny Loggins!"), selling your youth back to you. Better to read the actual stories to your children yourself. But the intention here is spot on.
March 13, 2012
ApeneckFletcher

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A decent mystical family adventure film with a decent cast line up. I thought there would be a few more action scenes and mythical creatures in this, but sadly not. One for a sunday afternoon with the kids.
June 22, 2011
Deano78

Super Reviewer

My hope was way too high for this movie. I love watching Brendan's movie. But this didn't meet my expectation. Their acting was way too cheesy. The plot didn't came out as good as it sounded. Sigh. Never hope too much from anything. The chances of being disappointed is always high.
May 13, 2011
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