The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)



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

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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.more
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
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Alexander Ludwig
as Will Stanton
Frances Conroy
as Miss Greythorne
Ian McShane
as Merriman Lyon
Wendy Crewson
as Mary Stanton
Gregory Smith
as Max Stanton
Drew Tyler Bell
as James Stanton
Jim Piddock
as Old George
Amelia Warner
as Maggie Barnes
Jordan J. Dale
as Stephen Stanton
Jonathan Jackson
as The Walker
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Critic Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

All Critics (95) | Top Critics (23)

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

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

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

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

Audience Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

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

John Manard

Super Reviewer


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."


Super Reviewer


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.

Mike S

Super Reviewer

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