The Lovely Bones Reviews

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April 16, 2019
Both [Saoirse] Ronan and [Stanley] Tucci are worth the price of an admission ticket.
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.
February 18, 2012
November 18, 2011
November 17, 2011
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
Under the hammy direction of Peter Jackson The Lovely Bones has lost its poetic bone structure. What was a complex, quirky novel has been turned into a movie mishmash of Lord of the Rings and High School Musical, with a serial killer thrown in.
February 19, 2010
Instead of a compelling nightmare, he has created a bland, girly-sparkly dream.
February 19, 2010
It's an extraordinary folly. A turkey, a pig's ear, a mad cow of a film. Its treatment of bereavement and familial grief is crazier than anything Lars Von Trier came up with in Antichrist.
February 19, 2010
The delicacy and finely-wrought characterisation of Alice Sebold's novel has been removed in favour of a beyond-the-grave whodunit, subtlety be damned.
February 19, 2010
Jackson seems more at home in the afterlife than in this one, rendering this off-kilter project creepy and pretentious.
February 19, 2010
Jackson's version achieves a different, less palatable kind of novelty. It is a "heart-warming" film about murder.
February 19, 2010
It is the kind of film that falls over itself trying to dazzle us, and makes an unholy mess of the vital workaday stuff. It is silly, tedious, tasteless and utterly false.
February 19, 2010
The most remarkable aspect of this is how rubbish the CGI effects are -I mean, this is Peter Jackson, for goodness' sake!
February 19, 2010
The imagery kills the fear. In a film which is essentially about a child serial killer, the constant blossoming of visual possibility leaves the reality of what happened to Susie both hidden and cold.
February 5, 2010
Alice Sebold's evocative best seller proves to be more unfilmable than Tolkien's sprawling fantasy trilogy - a disappointment, yet it's impossible for anyone to do it better
January 15, 2010
Some books should stay between their covers, and The Lovely Bones may well be one of them.
January 15, 2010
Understand, the film still has power, just not as much as it should.
January 15, 2010
The movie is often wise.
January 15, 2010
This is a distractingly busy movie, so in love with its own considerable craft that it can't stay still long enough for anything to settle in.
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