Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Reviews

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Top Critic
Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
November 15, 2011
Episodic but entertaining.
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 25, 2010
Book's fans will enjoy, but too creepy for some.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
July 6, 2010
Whilst the direction and script seem off, the rest of the production work is excellent.
February 27, 2009
Between Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Lemony Snicket 2004 is a banner year for dark and fun kid's films.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
November 20, 2008
A dastardly unadulterated delight of a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
September 27, 2006
We can be grateful that the series has given Carrey one of his better vehicles in recent years, and that Carrey has risen to the occasion so well.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's all a bit superficial, but highly entertaining, wickedly funny, and alluring enough to make you want to start reading the books.
Caroline Westbrook
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
If you sit back, relax and just accept it for what it is -- an enjoyable, escapist Gothic pantomime -- you will go home happy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Successful in kicking off a largely amusing and visually engaging franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
A sick joke of a film that realizes the best children's entertainment doesn't hide from the bleaker side of life, but plunges into the void and respects kids enough to assume they can handle it.
Uri Lessing
www.kcactive.com
July 25, 2005
...recognizes that it's okay to present scariness, gloominess and sadness, as long as you present strong, pure hearted children whose inherent cleverness cuts through it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
After all, it's not like the filmmakers got everything wrong. They just didn't get the right things right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
June 2, 2005
Not many children's movies center on recently orphaned children delivered to the home of a homicidal thespian. Then again, not many children's movies are as good as this one.
| Original Score: B+
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
May 10, 2005
Charming and sly right at the beginning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 4, 2005
A phantasmagoric family film with both bite and heart.
April 4, 2005
'Inteligente, divertida y arriesgada en su propuesta visual y temática, es una aventura que no se pueden perder'
| Original Score: 3/4
Robert Hanks
Independent
March 7, 2005
The main blight on the festivities is that, as always, Hollywood can't resist adding a little uplift.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
March 1, 2005
Lemony Snicket serves anti-authoritarianism with youthful spirit.
Luis Martinez
Cinenganos
January 28, 2005
Un filme divertido y hermosamente fotografiado, pero un poco "o un mucho" sobreactuado y finalmente, un tanto simplón.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
January 24, 2005
"Lemony Snicket" falls short of the Potter movies. Gone missing is the magic.
| Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 23, 2012
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
December 27, 2004
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