The Pagemaster (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Pagemaster (1994)



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Movie Info

A young boy overcomes his obsessive fears by discovering a love for books in this animated fantasy adventure. In a live action wraparound, Macaulay Culkin stars as Richard Tyler, an easily bullied, nervous wreck of a kid who's an expert on safety statistics. His mother and father (Mel Harris and Ed Begley, Jr.) don't know how to inspire their son to embrace life boldly. Barely able to leave the house, Richard ventures out one day, but he gets lost in a storm and ends up at a mysterious library. Inside, he slips, knocks himself unconscious and finds himself in a cartoon realm where books come to life. Guided by Adventure (Patrick Stewart), Fantasy (Whoopi Goldberg) and Horror (Frank Welker), Tyler experiences the adventures of classic novels such as Moby Dick and Treasure Island, and he even meets some famed fictional characters, such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Leonard Nimoy). Through his experiences in the pages of the legendary books, Richard confronts his phobias and learns to face life more courageously. The Pagemaster was directed by Joe Johnston, a former special effects supervisor and production designer who later directed Jumanji (1995) and October Sky (1999).more
Rating: G
Genre: Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: , ,
Written By: David Kirschner, David Casci, Ernie Contreras, David Casci
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 28, 2002
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment


Macaulay Culkin
as Richard Tyler
Christopher Lloyd
as Mr. Dewey/The Pagema...
Ed Begley Jr.
as Alan Tyler
Leonard Nimoy
as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. H...
Mel Harris
as Claire Tyler
Patrick Stewart
as Adventure
George Hearn
as Captain Ahab
Dorian Harewood
as Jamaican Pirates
Phil Hartman
as Tom Morgan
Jim Cummings
as Long John Silver
B.J. Ward
as Queen of Hearts
Alexis Kirschner
as Neighborhood kid
Jessica Kirschner
as Neighborhood kid
Brandon McKay
as Neighborhood kid
Ed Gilbert
as George Merry
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Critic Reviews for The Pagemaster

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (7)

Built on a wispy premise better suited to the realm of TV, The Pagemaster plays like a slickly produced afternoon special.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
Top Critic

Mediocre, really, this mixture of real actors and animation.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A pallid film framed at the start and finish by live action and mostly composed of cheap-looking animation.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Plays too much like a TV cartoon.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

A sad and dreary film.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A splendidly original children's fantasy about the world of books.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Pagemaster


All The Adventure Your Imagination Can Hold.

Not a great or horrible movie! The beginning of this movie is excellent with tremendous sound and some nice humor, but once the film changes into animation it quickly loses its appeal. However, although this film is mostly disappointing, not all is lost. The story, for all its flaws, wastes no time in getting started, and there is a certain nostalgia surrounding the film for the endless stream of, mostly mediocre, but still harmless, cartoons of the 90s, when computer-generated animation was yet to be exploited. Overall, just not memorable enough or able to compete with the great animated films of the last dozen years.

This is the story of a young boy named Richard Tyler, who finds shelter from a storm inside a nearby library. Tyler slips and is knocked unconscious while exploring a rotunda in the library. Upon awakening he is led on a journey through conflicts and events that resemble fictional stories, keeping him from finding the exit from the library.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Kids will like it and the animation is nice, plus some good acting, but overall its not the most memorable animated film made

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

A fantastic fantasy adventure for kids. Culkin gets turned into a cartoon and has to find his way back home from the book lands, and find his courage along the way. It's really a cool movie, and kids will love it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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