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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Reviews


Variety
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February 23, 2012
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Let's not be too Scrooge-like; there are pockets of charm, and some of the effects are quite good.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/6

December 13, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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It's so intent on being whimsical, so aware of its own whimsicality, that it ends up being not very whimsical at all.

November 19, 2007
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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Helm gets huge bonus points for noticing everything that's annoying about modern children's films and including none of those things in his movie.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2007
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is what happens when too many sappy sweet instincts chase too few original ideas.

Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News | Original Score: 1/4

November 16, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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In a season filled with depressing movies for adults, someone's finally thought to give equal time to the kids.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2007
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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As long as Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium sticks to magic, it is pretty engaging, but the lives on display are less than mesmerizing.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2007
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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If the concept of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is ingenious, its execution is erratic.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 16, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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There isn't anything terribly exciting or original on offer... but there's nothing offensive either.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Never promise wonder when all you've got is manufactured whimsy.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2007
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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While endearingly heartfelt and G-rated to boot, its storytelling suffers from a lack of locomotive force and characters that feel disappointingly two-dimensional.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 16, 2007
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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For all its playful touches and neat-o nostalgia for nondigital entertainment, the whimsy feels forced.

November 16, 2007
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Helm knows his way around a screenplay. The guy can write. But directing is a whole other kettle of talent.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 16, 2007
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium should delight audiences in the mood for holiday magic.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

November 16, 2007
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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With fine performances from Hoffman, Portman, Bateman and the sad-eyed Mills, and some ever-true observations about imagination and possibilities, Mr. Magorium is likely to work his magic given a chance.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Mr. Magorium is festive, to be sure. But it doesn't have the rhythm of an instant family classic.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2007
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This isn't quite the over-the-top fantasy you'd like it to be, but it's a charming enough little movie, and probably the younger you are, the more charming.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 16, 2007
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Like the store, the movie is chockablock with playthings -- puns, graphics, and music -- that make the life lessons easier to absorb.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 16, 2007
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Its insecurities do it in.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 16, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Wake me when the wackiness is over.

November 16, 2007
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Writer/director Zach Helm achieves bursts of charm and whimsy, but not quite enough magic to elicit a consistent sense of wonderment.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2007
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Instantly forgettable except that it contains the worst performance of Dustin Hoffman's long and illustrious career.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: .5/4

November 15, 2007
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Wonder is the key, and it's lacking in a major way. Should you decide to see it anyway, you might wonder what you're doing there.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 15, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Perhaps thinking in pictures led Helm to clutter his screen with TMVI -- too much visual information.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

November 15, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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At its best, the movie makes you feel like a kindred spirit.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

November 15, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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The movie means to approach the creepy wonder of Roald Dahl but gets only the creepy part right.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

November 15, 2007
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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The film is very sweet -- in fact it represents the dawn of a new sport, Extreme Whimsy -- but it doesn't look or feel like most other kid-friendly Hollywood products that make it to market. When it counts this fable is surprisingly moving.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 15, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium truly does inspire wonder. As in, 'Wonder why they made this? Wonder what they were thinking?'

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 1/5

November 15, 2007
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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The walls of multiplex theaters may not shake and weep upon its departure, but as a holiday alternative for kids, OD'ing on Willy Wonka, you could do worse.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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Things grow tediously familiar.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 15, 2007
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The toys all have prankish lives of their own -- which could have been fun, in a Harry Potter meets Flubber sort of way, except that when you actually see the playthings, they don't look fun at all.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: F

November 14, 2007
Brian Lowry
Variety
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Sprinkles in charming moments but ultimately doesn't evoke enough wonderment to overcome its tongue-twisting title and completely win over adults along with kids.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 12, 2007
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