The Pagemaster Reviews

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Alex Orner
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Weak Macaulay Culkin fantasy with some cartoon violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A sad and dreary film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
July 25, 2002
If you're looking for a movie that may inspire your children to read, ignore this one and lay your money down for The Princess Bride or The NeverEnding Story.
Full Review | Original Score: 41/100
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
December 14, 2010
Weak Macaulay Culkin fantasy with some cartoon violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Mediocre, really, this mixture of real actors and animation.
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
October 8, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
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Brian Lowry
Variety
December 4, 2007
Built on a wispy premise better suited to the realm of TV, The Pagemaster plays like a slickly produced afternoon special.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
The Pagemaster's problems can be easily traced back to the screenplay, which simply lacks anything remotely resembling wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Plays too much like a TV cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
June 6, 2002
a nice starting point for an important conversation with your child about why so many cartoons think children are stupid.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A pallid film framed at the start and finish by live action and mostly composed of cheap-looking animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
November 4, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
August 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
December 4, 2007
The film rests on its initial ingenuity and fails to develop the concept in interesting or surprising ways.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
This clever, often engaging, and always fast-paced motion picture uses the visual medium to encourage its viewers to reach out with their imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
A splendidly original children's fantasy about the world of books.
Alison Macor
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
In this age of technology, a not-so-subtle plug for a classic method of mental stimulation comes as a pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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