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The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 20

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.

Mar 18, 2008


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A total dud.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

October 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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A mealy adaptation of one installment in Susan Cooper's acclaimed book series.

October 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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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.

October 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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The acting is mediocre, the story rambles, the special effects -- average at best.

October 8, 2007
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Poor writing and production values like these bring no light to Cooper's novel -- or the audience.

October 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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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.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

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

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source:

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.

January 10, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Comment (1)
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.

December 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comments (3)
Eye for Film

Disappointing adaptation of a great kids' book.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

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

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: thelondonpaper

An orgy of portents that runs out of oomph.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: 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.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian

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

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times
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.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
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.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Film4

A terrible bodge.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source:

Cheap-looking, mostly cheerless stuff.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
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.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
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.

October 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising

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."
December 18, 2011

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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.
September 12, 2010
Mike S

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it was okay. C
July 31, 2010

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