City of Ember - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

City of Ember Reviews

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November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 18, 2011
A lot of thought and effort has been put into City of Ember but the whole is never more than the sum of its parts. It wants to be an adventure story and a fable and a mystery all at the same time and never quite decides what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
June 2, 2010
One of the best family films of the year...if you like your kid movies with a little more bruising than normal.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
September 4, 2009
Built upon a bedrock of dazzling and richly constructed sets -- think Dr. Seuss meets Jules Verne meets Mad Max -- and complemented by rock-solid storytelling, it's an enormously enjoyable family film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
January 13, 2009
In addition to being fascinating and exciting, City of Ember invites its young viewers to constantly ask questions and never give up.
Read More | Original Score: 74/100
December 12, 2008
Tween audiences should be awestruck, and the message of audacity in the face of orthodoxy feels genuinely heroic.
December 12, 2008
Murray playing the glutton doesn't exactly fit the bill and for all the architectural care that's gone into Ember's creation, the secret at its heart is no mystery to us, the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 12, 2008
Murray is always good to have around, and so are Tim Robbins, who plays Doon's defeated father, and Martin Landau as one of the drones who tries to keep the city in working order. The young actors are excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
December 10, 2008
An extraordinary children's adventure...
December 4, 2008
Although it starts slowly, there are plenty of rewards in this well crafted family fantasy adventure, as it explores a world in which light bulbs form the sky and a powerful generator acts as its heartbeat.
December 1, 2008
This well-designed and executed piece of entertainment is actually very satisfying.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 20, 2008
Pure escapism fun, with plenty of stark visuals and inventiveness to go around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 23, 2008
The best family movie you never heard of is waiting for you to discover it.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2008
Visually accomplished but dramatically mundane.
October 18, 2008
Enjoyable fantasy adventure, enlivened by interesting characters, strong performances and an engaging premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 18, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 18, 2008
The Builders have done a fine job here, if only audiences will show up to appreciate it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 18, 2008
Darned good family viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 18, 2008
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 16, 2008
I found City of Ember to be one of the most pleasant moviegoing surprises of the year. Imaginative, exciting, dramatic, and even fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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