The Lovely Bones Reviews

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September 15, 2020
Tucci creates a quietly masterful portrayal.
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.
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.
November 17, 2011
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.
July 6, 2010
I had a few bones to pick with the story.
May 16, 2010
The whole plays better than that would suggest, largely due to Jackson's imagination and commanding skill.
April 26, 2010
For all the efforts of a fine cast, Jackson never gives his human drama the desperation and frustration it calls for...
April 23, 2010
Interview with Rose McIver of The Lovely Bones: "It was terrifying to see [Stanley Tucci] transform on screen into someone so utterly different from himself."
April 2, 2010
Artistically and technically, this film is superb, rich in excellent performances, wondrous visuals and compelling ideas. Yet for all its brilliance, The Lovely Bones remains elusive.
March 17, 2010
...an admittedly uneven yet utterly engaging piece of work that outshines its literary predecessor in every way...
February 19, 2010
The Lovely Bones does a fantastic job with revered, complex source material. As terrific on terra firma as it is audacious in its astral plane, it is doubtful we'll see a more imaginative, courageous film in 2010.
February 19, 2010
A beautifully made but often uneven film with a luminous central role from Ronan.
February 8, 2010
An entertaining but strange hybrid -- part murder mystery, part gooey teen romance/coming of age story, part philosophy lesson, part family drama
February 7, 2010
very much a film of mood where emotions run deep and devastating, and those emotions are the most potent special effect in a work that is sometimes a bit top heavy with them
January 28, 2010
Thematically muddled, the film nevertheless has a strong sense of visual presence and features a handful of strong performances.
January 27, 2010
Learning to live beyond grief is the heart of the story and the performances bring out that premise beautifully.
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