Artemis Fowl Reviews

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June 17, 2020
A sense of indecision hangs over the whole exercise, starting with the screenplay, which has four names attached. Nobody seems to know how funny they're meant to be.
June 17, 2020
This big-ticket Disney movie is a visual spectacular expertly assembled but it looks unlikely to be remembered as an all-time classic.
June 12, 2020
Test-marketed to death and very weak... I guess if you have kids, this will kill 90 minutes. It's very hard to sit through, though.
June 12, 2020
Artemis Fowl isn't an unqualified good egg, but it's perfectly adequate, and the best of the kid-friendly movies redirected to streaming by coronavirus -- a low bar, admittedly.
June 12, 2020
A glossy and empty exercise in world-building.
June 12, 2020
This failed Harry Potter wannabe replaces the naughty fun of Eoin Colfer's YA novels about a 12-yer-old criminal mastermind with a dramatically inert and emotionally empty film facsimile.
June 12, 2020
It's 90 minutes of barely established characters doing half-explained things with mysterious objects.
June 12, 2020
Kenneth Branagh directs and gives the film a crisp look but can't make heads or tails of what's going on; there are Shakespeare monologues easier to digest than this convoluted story.
June 12, 2020
One wonders if a director more playful than Kenneth Branagh might have come up with something less hectic and more fun - or even just as hectic and more fun.
June 11, 2020
A failure for anyone hoping for the next great fantasy film.
June 11, 2020
Artemis Fowl will not be the hot new kiddie fantasy franchise, based on this utterly charmless first entry.
June 11, 2020
Anyone looking for entertaining young-adult fantasy adventure might as well move along. There's nothing to see here.
June 11, 2020
The best children's films look like they were a joy to make, a holiday on a movie set. Here, much of the fun was left out of the suitcase.
June 11, 2020
Bland and incoherent, with paper-thin character development, unimaginative world building, and a lot of daddy issues.
June 11, 2020
A confusing, muddled, sloppy mess of bad intentions and worse execution.
June 11, 2020
Warm and funny and entertaining...
June 11, 2020
It's a fairly entertaining yet familiar narrative that'll give tweens and teens a change of pace from bingeing "High School Musical" and "Descendants" flicks this summer.
June 11, 2020
The result is a torrent of information that lays the groundwork for possible future films but leaves almost no room for character development.
June 11, 2020
"Artemis Fowl" is trying to be something very different - bigger, beefier, flashier and not as magical. You can't really blame it for aiming lower, but there's enough tantalizing promise here to wish that it didn't.
June 11, 2020
The best scene is one in which its grating narrator farts on a passerby.
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