The Lovely Bones Reviews

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November 29, 2020
Brilliant performances by all involved are about the only things that remain consistent.
September 15, 2020
Tucci creates a quietly masterful portrayal.
April 10, 2020
I was drawn to the film because of Peter Jackson's involvement, but the creativity of the imagery did not astound me.
January 23, 2020
The emotional core of The Lovely Bones should be closer to Heavenly Creatures, but Jackson has sacrificed feeling for effect.
June 7, 2019
Like Jackson missed the target completely and instead hit the cat standing 30 feet away from it.
May 11, 2019
Despite all its promise, the film left me cold. I just never completely bought into the experience, which seemed to be calculated and lacking the heart and depth it so desperately wants to convey.
April 16, 2019
Both [Saoirse] Ronan and [Stanley] Tucci are worth the price of an admission ticket.
December 6, 2018
Director Peter Jackson's brilliant ability to bring fantasy to film may have been his Achilles heel here, as he dwells with signature fondness on Susie's journey to heaven. I will say, however, that the acting is spectacular.
November 4, 2018
The desire for showmanship gets in the way of characterization and plot.
August 8, 2018
Stick with this devastating, yet curiously uplifting drama as best you can, for the emotional pay-off cannot be denied.
May 23, 2018
Most will hopefully see that in this very creative, authoritative film Peter Jackson preserves the characters, the theme, the dread, the delight found in the novel - and has added just enough of his own.
September 12, 2017
It's an interesting way to tell a heartbreaking story a young girl whose life was taken away too soon, and whose family fights to pull the pieces together after their loss.
June 22, 2013
This movie has about seven different tones it hops around, and it does so at all the wrong times.
February 18, 2012
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
April 4, 2011
Your own peace will come after you walk out, trying hard not to laugh at how crazy-bad it all is.
March 30, 2011
Unshackled by earthly restraints, Jackson shifts his Weta toolsets into overdrive in a more-is-more free-for-all frenzy.
March 29, 2011
The Lovely Bones is probably a much better idea for a book than it is a movie, but it's still a very good one, and those don't come along too often.
October 27, 2010
The talented cast struggles with, and is eventually failed by, the material. They are not aided by their director either, who seemingly stood slightly off screen and urged them to 'act bigger!'
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