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



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Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages. On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo locates a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa, vanished into its mystical world. But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn, the evil villain of "Inkheart," kidnaps Meggie and, discovering she has inherited her father's gift, demands that she bring to life his most powerful ally, the Shadow. Determined to rescue his daughter and send the fictional characters back where they belong, Mo assembles a small group of friends and family--some from the real world, some from the pages of books--and embarks on a daring and perilous journey to set things right.

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Brendan Fraser
as Mo 'Silvertongue' Folchart
Paul Bettany
as Dustfinger
Helen Mirren
as Elinor Loredan
Jim Broadbent
as Fenoglio
Andy Serkis
as Capricorn
Eliza Bennett
as Meggie Folchart
Matt King
as Cockerell
Steven Speirs
as Flatnose
Steve Speirs
as Flatnose
Tereza Srbova
as Rapunzel
Lesley Sharp
as Mortola
Paul Kasey
as Minotaur
Richard Strange
as Bookshop Proprietor
Mirabel O'Keefe
as Young Meggie
Roger Allam
as Narrator
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Critic Reviews for Inkheart

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  • 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.

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

    Jan 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.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Seemingly intended as a celebration of the power of books, it's an occasionally incoherent, sleep-inducing picture that reduces narrative to mere mechanics.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Over and over again, characters in Inkheart wax eloquent on the power of books. But there's nothing in the movie as haunting or as compelling as the sound they make when they speak for themselves.

    Jan 23, 2009
  • A flea market of fairy tales and hocus-pocus, Inkheart makes as much sense as an inkblot.

    Jan 23, 2009 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Inkheart


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. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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A decent mystical family adventure film with a decent cast line up. I thought there would be a few more action scenes and mythical creatures in this, but sadly not. One for a sunday afternoon with the kids.

Dean King
Dean King

Super Reviewer


My hope was way too high for this movie. I love watching Brendan's movie. But this didn't meet my expectation. Their acting was way too cheesy. The plot didn't came out as good as it sounded. Sigh. Never hope too much from anything. The chances of being disappointed is always high.

Dead Angel
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer


I have not read the original source material but the movie has a nice wholesome quality with good direction, well used but not overused CGI. I would say a much better job of adapting a fantasy book to big screen than others, IE things like the Seeker Dark Is Rising or even Goodkinds TV series. Overall I enjoyed the show.

John Manard
John Manard

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