Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Reviews

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Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
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
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
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
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
December 13, 2007
Structurally it's a bit ragtag, but, as your mum would say, it has its heart in the right place. For all its wilful oddness it's enchanting, imaginative and genuinely moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anton Bitel
Film4
December 6, 2007
This children's tale of magical whimsy miraculously avoids even toying with violence - while confronting the finality of death head-on.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
November 23, 2007
Without ever being heavy-handed or sentimental, the film addresses issues of death, mourning, and "moving on" in a way that is appropriate and inspiring for kids of all ages. Call it a feel-good movie about death, if you will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
November 23, 2007
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium isn't the awful experience so many movie critics labeled it. Most of all, it's a pleasure to see the warm rapport Hoffman and Portman conjure in this sweet, short story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 22, 2007
It's a little sentimental, and the finale feels rushed, but along the way it's great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 21, 2007
I went in with no expectations for this and found myself caught up in the wonder of the emporium and the magic people can create around them, just by believing they can.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
November 20, 2007
A film of sufficient charm and largeness of heart that I don't hesitate to recommend it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Hertz
Christianity Today
November 18, 2007
Because of inspiring discussions of death and belief%u2014and truly creative moments of warmth and wonder%u2014the movie ultimately overcomes its flaws to charm, inspire and satisfy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Diana Saenger
ReviewExpress.com
November 17, 2007
Some say Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is no Willy Wonka, but it's just as fun and much like a Dr, Seuss classic, pay attention and the story can open up an amazing new world, if only you believe!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
November 17, 2007
Not without its flaws, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a minor but honorable effort that kids and adults will be able to enjoy together or apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fred Topel
Can Magazine
November 17, 2007
The kind of movie that almost makes me want to cry for joy at the end because I feel like, 'Yeah, they did it.'
Alex Markerson
E! Online
November 16, 2007
As gentle and sweet as it may be, this movie's a treat, but not a treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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Variety
February 23, 2012
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 5, 2011
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