The Lovely Bones

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It's stuffed full of Peter Jackson's typically dazzling imagery, but The Lovely Bones suffers from abrupt shifts between horrific violence and cloying sentimentality.

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After being brutally murdered, 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) watches from heaven over her grief-stricken family (Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz) -- and her killer (Stanley Tucci). As she observes their daily lives, she must balance her thirst for revenge with her desire for her family to heal.

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  • Nov 08, 2013
    So getting raped and murdered and watching your family and friends mourn for you from PJ's vision of heaven is something to be proud of? I'd rather wish it would NOT happen at all.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2013
    Although this isn't really a horror for me still it's classified under horror. I can understand that some people will find it gruesome due the subject but I must say that it had no drip of red stuff in it. Not that that is important, just look at Texas Chainsaw or Halloween, they were bloodless too. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this creepy flick. It reminded me a lot of The Loved Ones somehow, it must be the use of slow motion and the score. On the other hand it also reminded me of Heavenly Creatures by the way they used the dream sequences. It's a special flick coming from the hand of Peter Jackson. Knowing him for splatter and gore in his earlier days this could be a let down for some but I really liked it the way it was shot and the use of CGI didn't bother me at all. Not for everyone but if you can stand weird flicks than this won't be a problem for you. 3 1/2 Stars 4-6-13
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 21, 2013
    So I had a review here about this movie but Flixster decided not to save it. Basically it was good but some of it was boring and out of place, it could have been so much better.
    Megan S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 01, 2012
    A very different film that was gripping and kind of slow at the same time, I just didn't really get into it and sometimes was confusing, Must admit I did let out a tiny cheer when the girls killer died at the end.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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