Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Reviews

Page 1 of 9
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
December 17, 2004
The film feels like what its title describes: a series of events that don't add up to a cohesive story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 17, 2004
I think this one is a tune-up for the series, a trial run in which they figure out what works and what needs to be tweaked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 16, 2004
Silberling and writer Robert Gordon have made the fatal error of trying to jolly up the novels, which are often funny but never, ever cute.
Larry Carroll
FilmStew.com
December 16, 2004
Let's hope Paramount's deal with AFLAC includes cinematic disaster insurance. Because this one's about as memorable as Carrey's old sitcom The Duck Factory.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 10, 2004
Demonstrates what happens when you take a clever idea and run it into the ground.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 20, 2004
It just kind of spins its wheels.
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
December 16, 2004
A Series of Unfortunate Events suffers from one of the most grievous maladies that can strike a children's film, notably a regrettable tendency to fill in all the quiet with noise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 16, 2004
Though the movie is a literate adventure story, the series' dark tone is lightened up in the film just enough to make one yearn for the darkly twisted witticisms and pervasive anxiety that made Handler's books uniquely appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 5, 2005
In its bid for unconditional love, the film softens Handler's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 17, 2004
How can a movie with so much going for it (Jim Carrey, Meryl Streep, eleven novels of material) be so boring?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike Ward
Richmond.com
December 16, 2004
I raced home, fired up the Internet to double check my suspicions and nearly threw up in my mouth-the AFLAC duck is listed in the credits of Lemony Snicket.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
December 16, 2004
Jim Carrey makes a four-course meal of the Tim-Burtonesque surreal scenery, completely overshadowing the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 18, 2004
What ultimately spoiled the fun was Mr. Carrey's unbridled egotistical performance.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2004
Olaf is a threat to the children, one who just won't go away; Carrey's biggest threat is that he'll never stop clowning around.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 16, 2004
The imaginatively cast, gorgeously designed movie has moments of wry wit and oddball charm. But its lumpish plot reinforces the suspicion that solid storytelling is no longer a Hollywood priority.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 20, 2004
A lavishly mounted blockbuster that has little personality of its own except on a purely visual level.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
December 6, 2004
Makes so many leaps of logic and doltish character choices, they strain an adult's ability to enjoy the tale and appreciate its source.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jules Brenner
Filmcritic.com
December 15, 2004
rays of sunshine don't make the dark and nightmarish fantasy go away, and it might not be such a fun time for sensitive teens and tots in the theatre
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mattias Frey
Boston Phoenix
December 18, 2004
This overwrought dud shouldn't have left DreamWorks' CGI studio.
John Burns
Georgia Straight
January 15, 2005
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
December 27, 2004
Top Critic
Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 23, 2012
Page 1 of 9