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The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 92
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 79

Critics Consensus: The magic of the book is lost in translation with The Seeker, due to its clumsy plot and lack of heart.

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 3
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: The magic of the book is lost in translation with The Seeker, due to its clumsy plot and lack of heart.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 2.9/5
User Ratings: 171,232

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Movie Info

An 11-year-old boy discovers that he is the last member of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting dark forces of evil. As he uncovers a series of clues, some dating back to biblical times, the boy also discovers the future of the world rests in his hands.

Rating:
PG (for fantasy action and some scary images)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
John Hodge
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Mar 18, 2008
Box Office:
$8.7M
Runtime:
20th Century Fox - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (79) | DVD (6)

A total dud.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Director David L. Cunningham's proffered chills are strictly of the lightweight variety: a menacing flock of ravens, a slimy skein of snakes and a couple of mall security yobs too fat or stupid to overpower even a spindly teenager.

Full Review… | October 13, 2007
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A mealy adaptation of one installment in Susan Cooper's acclaimed book series.

Full Review… | October 11, 2007
Time Out New York
Top Critic

A movie that should've been made shortly after its source material -- Susan Cooper's Newbery winner -- debuted in 1973. As is, it feels entirely too generic to work today.

Full Review… | October 10, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

The acting is mediocre, the story rambles, the special effects -- average at best.

October 8, 2007
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Poor writing and production values like these bring no light to Cooper's novel -- or the audience.

Full Review… | October 5, 2007
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising isn't an out and out bad film, there have certainly been worse films and recently, but it's not particularly good either, suffering from ill-conceived and executed story decisions that rob it of tension or interest.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011
ComingSoon.net

a lot of shouting offered up as an ineffectual camouflage to the picture's complete lack of ambition.

Full Review… | July 1, 2008
Film Freak Central

Sloppy, lifeless storytelling so limp it guarantees no sequels will be made.

Full Review… | March 12, 2008
DVDTalk.com

The Seeker is great-looking and well-acted, but unlike the Potter books and films, there's no sense that it's about anything more than the throwing-balls-of-smoke and mind-melding that we see onscreen.

Full Review… | January 10, 2008
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's important, when criticising some of the more clichéd elements here - the dark versus the light, the Tolkein parallels, the quests - to bear in mind that this film is aimed at older children, not your average jaded film critic.

Full Review… | December 7, 2007
Eye for Film

Disappointing adaptation of a great kids' book.

Full Review… | October 22, 2007
Common Sense Media

Not-too-impressive CG effects and frenetic camera work but cannot mask what is--or, rather, what isn't there.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
TheMovieReport.com

The excessive strobe effects may trigger epileptic fits, but the movie itself will induce narcolepsy.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
thelondonpaper

An orgy of portents that runs out of oomph.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Daily Telegraph

By Americanising the hero and grotesquely distorting the plot, they can only alienate the fan-base and confuse the newcomer.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Independent

A moderate Potter-teen fantasy about an American kid who comes to little old England with his family (dad's on some kind of academic posting) to find that he is the boy-king leader of a group of supernatural warriors.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Guardian

An uncanny and unholy blend of The Fifth Element, The Sixth Sense and The Seventh Seal.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Financial Times

The Dark is Rising is one of those awful sorcery tales where a spotty young boy (Alexander Ludwig) suddenly gets to save the Earth from supernatural creeps such as Christopher Eccleston.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Times [UK]

Not very likely to seize that Potter market, this is a disappointing film that starts out okay but goes rapidly downhill, thanks to rudimentary characterisation and storytelling that's designed more to accommodate gratuitous action.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007

A terrible bodge.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
BBC.com

Cheap-looking, mostly cheerless stuff.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Total Film

Imagine Time Bandits confined to a boring Berkshire village and drained of colour, and you can see why this pig's ear of Susan Cooper's well-received children's story went belly-up at the US box office.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Sky Movies

Off-the-shelf teen fantasy not likely to satisfy the post-Potter/LOTR crowd but guaranteed to enrage fans of the source novel. The newly added quasi-religious overtones don't help either.

Full Review… | October 19, 2007
Empire Magazine

The script is rather bland, the action sequences are extremely dull and it lacks a big effects-heavy set-piece.

Full Review… | October 18, 2007
ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

Eccleston shines as the bad guy. Decent visual effects but a choppy movie.

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John Manard

Super Reviewer

½

Cast: Ian McShane, Christopher Eccleston, Gregory Smith, Wendy Crewson, Jonathan Jackson, Amelia Warner, James Cosmo, Emma Lockhart, Frances Conroy, Drew Tyler Bell, Jim Piddock, John Benjamin Hickey, Alexander Ludwig

Director: David L. Cunningham

Summary: Just as he turns 14, young Will Stanton (Alexander Ludwig) learns that he's the last of a race of paladins known as "the Light" who are dedicated to beating back the forces of darkness and their malevolent leader, the Rider (Christopher Eccleston). As Will travels through time gathering the powerful artifacts that will give rise to the ultimate showdown, he must keep the Rider at bay.

My Thoughts: "Movies based on books should make you want to read the book/books if you haven't. Not the case with this movie. It just was not made very well and the directing was as poor as some of the acting. The acting felt very cheesy at moments. I think with better directing and some better acting the film could be much better."

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Super Reviewer

½

Amateurishly directed, cheesy, repetitive and badly written. I just wish they would stop making these kind of derivative, uninspired fantasy flicks. Because it's at a point now where we get too much quantity and far too little quality.

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Mike S

Super Reviewer

it was okay. C

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Richard C

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