Inkheart (2009)



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

Movie Info

Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages. On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo locates a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa, vanished into its mystical world. But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue … More

Rating: PG (for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: David Lindsay-Abaire
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 23, 2009
Box Office: $17.3M
Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema - Official Site


as Mo 'Silvertongue' Fo...

as Dustfinger

as Fenoglio

as Elinor Loredan

as Capricorn

as Meggie Folchart

as Meggie Folchart

as Cockerell

as Flatnose

as Flatnose

as Rapunzel

as Darius

as Mortola

as Minotaur

as Bookshop Proprietor

as Narrator

as Young Meggie
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Critic Reviews for Inkheart

All Critics (142) | Top Critics (35)

Cobbled-together fantasy about a dad who can "read" characters in and out of books.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
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.

Full Review… | March 27, 2011

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

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

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.

Full Review… | June 24, 2009
Aisle Seat

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2009

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

Full Review… | June 20, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Inkheart


I have not read the original source material but the movie has a nice wholesome quality with good direction, well used but not overused CGI. I would say a much better job of adapting a fantasy book to big screen than others, IE things like the Seeker Dark Is Rising or even Goodkinds TV series. Overall I enjoyed the show.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


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.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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