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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 15, 2007
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium truly does inspire wonder. As in, 'Wonder why they made this? Wonder what they were thinking?'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
November 16, 2007
...arely registers on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 76/100
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
November 16, 2007
This wooden fable about the importance of believing in yourself is merely a collection of cutesy details that never coalesces into a strong narrative.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 16, 2007
Mr. Magorium is festive, to be sure. But it doesn't have the rhythm of an instant family classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Pete Hammond
Maxim
November 21, 2007
It's so 'G' you almost want to gag, but its heart is in the right place. Take a kid or take a pass.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 15, 2007
Things grow tediously familiar.
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
November 15, 2007
What could have been a charmingly whimsical children's book becomes an arch and sugary movie, its failures of tone and timing hitting its lightweight storyline like a blast of cold air on a fragile souffle. This is one flat souffle.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 19, 2007
It's so intent on being whimsical, so aware of its own whimsicality, that it ends up being not very whimsical at all.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 15, 2007
A fluffy cotton candy confection that can't be bothered to manufacture any legitimate dramatic tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 15, 2007
The movie means to approach the creepy wonder of Roald Dahl but gets only the creepy part right.
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.
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
November 24, 2007
A not so wonderful Emporium run by a shop owner who is best buddies with the Grim Reaper, toys with bad tempers, and a mysterious macho tenant living in the cellar who sleeps cuddling his doll.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
November 17, 2007
A film about joy and wonder shouldn't have to work so hard to try and achieve those traits; it kind of defeats the purpose.
Kate Lloyd
BBC.com
December 13, 2007
No doubt intended to be a Christmas blockbuster - this pretty looking film is ultimately all wrapping, with nothing much to find inside.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 15, 2007
Visually colorful but dramatically empty, "Mr. Magorium's Emporium" is too listless for words.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 16, 2007
Wake me when the wackiness is over.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 15, 2007
Writer/director Zach Helm achieves bursts of charm and whimsy, but not quite enough magic to elicit a consistent sense of wonderment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
December 13, 2007
Schmaltzy musical cues ensure we all get the message, but the desperately dull final third is likely to drive both kids and grown-ups to nose-picking, seat-kicking distraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
December 14, 2007
No wise child, let alone grown-up, will touch this with a turkey baster.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 5, 2011
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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