Inkheart (2009)



Critic Consensus: 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.
PG (for fantasy adventure action, some scary moments and brief language)
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Brendan Fraser
as Mo 'Silvertongue' Folchart
Paul Bettany
as Dustfinger
Jim Broadbent
as Fenoglio
Helen Mirren
as Elinor Loredan
Andy Serkis
as Capricorn
Rafi Gavron
as Farid
Eliza Bennett
as Meggie Folchart
Eliza Hope Bennett
as Meggie Folchart
Jessie Cave
as Nymph
Matt King
as Cockerell
Steven Speirs
as Flatnose
Steve Speirs
as Flatnose
Tereza Srbova
as Rapunzel
John Thomson
as Darius
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

All Critics (140) | Top Critics (36)

The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Washington Post
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Seemingly intended as a celebration of the power of books, it's an occasionally incoherent, sleep-inducing picture that reduces narrative to mere mechanics.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
New York Post
Top Critic

The overqualified cast gives its all, but logical lapses and sober-sided direction siphon off the fun.

Full Review… | January 23, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

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

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