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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 Resa is thwarted when Capricorn, the evil villain of "Inkheart," kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father's gift, demands that she bring to life his most powerful ally, the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family--some from the real world, some from the pages of books--and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.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


Brendan Fraser
as Mo 'Silvertongue' Fo...
Paul Bettany
as Dustfinger
Jim Broadbent
as Fenoglio
Helen Mirren
as Elinor Loredan
Andy Serkis
as Capricorn
Eliza Bennett
as Meggie Folchart
Eliza Hope Bennett
as Meggie Folchart
Matt King
as Cockerell
Steven Speirs
as Flatnose
Steve Speirs
as Flatnose
Tereza Srbova
as Rapunzel
Lesley Sharp
as Mortola
Paul Kasey
as Minotaur
Richard Strange
as Bookshop Proprietor
Roger Allam
as Narrator
Mirabel O'Keefe
as Young Meggie
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Critic Reviews for Inkheart

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (36)

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
Movie Metropolis

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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