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Heavy on cliches and light on charm, this kid-lit fantasy-adventure doesn't quite get off the ground. Read critic reviews

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Mo (Brendan Fraser) and his daughter, Meggie, have the ability to bring storybook characters to life just by reading aloud. That gift backfires when he accidentally summons Capricorn, the evil villain of the novel "Inkheart." Mo and Meggie must find a way to send him back to his literary realm, but the task will not be easy, for the malefactor likes his new world and will not leave it voluntarily.

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    November 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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    May 6, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • Readers who want to exercise their imaginations may prefer to stick to the written word. If a story gets boring, you can always skip a few pages and move on. In the cinema there isn't much choice.

    April 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The message is so muddied by the film's dizzying changes in pitch and tone that a lot of young readers aren't going to know what to think.

    April 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch.

    January 23, 2009
  • [Has] plenty of thrills, a smart although oft-confusing script, delightful scenery-chewing scenes from stalwarts like Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis, and a gorgeous high-concept visual style.

    January 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 13, 2012
    It's a family friendly tale about the joys of reading (and because of that many characters from the classic children's library show up and put in an appearance) but the subjective feeling of joy is somehow missing, much like one of those TimeLife commercials selling classic rock packages to baby boomers (" ... and who can ever forget when we used to sing this one by Kenny Loggins!"), selling your youth back to you. Better to read the actual stories to your children yourself. But the intention here is spot on.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Dec 15, 2010
    A good fun fantasy family adventure. Reminicsent of what Princess Bride or Never Ending Story "achieved" in their era, but updated using a new creative license with twists and great cast and animation.
    Alexander W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 13, 2010
    I like the story and as far as "family movies" goes.... it is good!
    Thomas J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 07, 2010
    I've never read the book in which this movie was based on, but as far as fantasy adaptations go, I've read the book and I think this movie followed it quite well. Fact: In the Harry Potter films, they've spent ten years filming all eight of them. Unlike Harry Potter, this movie started filming in 2006, but was later released in Germany and the UK in 2008 and the USA release in 2009. Wow. New Line Cinema spent three years making this film? Boy, that was lucky. Anyway, on to my opinion. The only problems that I had with this movie was the lack of dialogue, the overused cliches, and the flaws. I do, however, liked the adventure and action in this movie. They seem to be pretty important it keeps you interested in what's going on like most fantasy adaptations. The casting was superb. Brandon Fraser was talented as Mo, Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent were very entertaining, Paul Bettany did extremely well at his performance, Eliza Bennett's acting was very solid as Meggie, and Andy Serkis was a lot of fun as Capricorn. The storyline was well-paced, the direction did very well to remain true to the novel, the visuals were very creative, and the film score was very emotive. Inkheart suffers from its flaws and dialogue, but has a superb cast, neat visuals, and great fantasy action. 7/10
    Gavin C Super Reviewer

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