Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 30, 2013
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium has been aggressively geared towards small children to an extent that's often nothing short of exasperating...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jamie Gillies
Apollo Guide
June 17, 2009
The wonderful fantasy elements Zach Helm was trying to tap into do not translate over to this particular toy store.
Full Review | Original Score: 65/100
Tim Grierson
Screendaily
July 23, 2008
The film may occasionally strain too hard for magical whimsy, but there's no disputing its sweetness or poignancy.
Steve Biodrowski
ESplatter
July 12, 2008
For all its computer-generated effects and colorful sight gags, Magorium is a dreadfully prosaic movie, lacking charm and grace.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
July 6, 2008
A weak whimsical story with a good heart.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 1, 2008
The trailers make the movie look like the ickiest kind of whimsy, accompanied by obstreperous special effects, but the film itself is gasp-worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
March 6, 2008
The result, for all its swirly colors and surrealism, is alternately dull and irritating, an experience akin to learning that you're going on a field trip only to discover that it's to the box factory.
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
March 5, 2008
If there were as many great ideas in the story as there are in the art and CGI special effects departments, this fantasy tale of wonder might have been a hit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
March 4, 2008
I laughed out loud once, yet I am giving this film a positive review. There's something magical about a G-rated film that attempts to capture life, death and a little bit of magic.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
February 29, 2008
Yes, there is wonder here, and plenty of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Simon Thompson
Heart 106.2
January 22, 2008
Although it's not set at Christmas, it's a great traditional yet contemporary festive treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
December 21, 2007
... never quite as magical as it wants to be.
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 16, 2007
Broken into storybook-like chapters...the film implies that it possesses literary roots; however, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium comes across as a quickie knockoff attempting to capitalize on a more popular title's success.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Robert Hanks
Independent
December 14, 2007
Better to prepare your children for the world with a DVD of Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
December 14, 2007
In its favour, there's nothing here to upset the children. (Not, that is, unless they're allergic to Hoffman's hammy, Method-derived acting.)
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 14, 2007
No wise child, let alone grown-up, will touch this with a turkey baster.
Xan Brooks
Guardian
December 14, 2007
You'd have to be a Scrooge to take against this, though it could use a little more Roald Dahl-ish bite, and a little less of the Hoffman twinkle. Needless to say, it all ends happily.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Sun Online
December 14, 2007
Things go badly wrong when eccentric Mr Magorium announces he has had enough of his 243 years on earth and has decided to pop his clogs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
James Christopher
Times [UK]
December 14, 2007
This is a lovely story for children under 14. Jason Bateman is the horrified and expensive plod who has to wind up Hoffman's wild accounts. Portman is wonderful as the daffy heroine who needs to grow up and perhaps fall in love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 14, 2007
Trying with all its might to be endearing, the magic is simply missing. Hoffman is unbelievably annoying as the lisping Willy Wonka wannabe, while Portman looks uninterested.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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