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Inkheart Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
Cobbled-together fantasy about a dad who can "read" characters in and out of books.
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Christine Champ
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joshua Starnes
March 27, 2011
Kind of a NeverEnding Story-lite, Inkheart never makes full use of its strengths. The ideas about reality and fiction have already been explored better elsewhere, even in light family films.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
January 21, 2009
While we can appreciate the decent effects, the bang-up settings and a good cast, we can only hope they got some sight-seeing in on their days off. Whatever magic there was on this shoot is probably in their home movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 22, 2009
No child seeing Inkheart will ever want to be read to again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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James Berardinelli
January 21, 2009
It's the limitations of the film when considering the nearly limitless possibilities suggested by the premise that make Inkheart a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 21, 2009
This shrill, moronic and often ugly family adventure feels cobbled together from spare parts, with a script that can't even be bothered to follow its own rules or internal logic.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 23, 2009
Inkheart was a busy, crowded, hugely successful book to start with....the film version retains nearly all of author Cornelia Funke's story complications. It's a mixed bag and a serious load for a movie to carry.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
January 22, 2009
Inkheart may not be rotten to the core -- instead of maggots, the fantasy adventure seethes with good intentions -- but the overripeness of its special effects can't be overstated.
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
January 23, 2009
The concept of 'Inkheart' is worthy but the execution leaves viewers' heads caught in the library and their feet in the cineplex.
Anders Wotzke
August 1, 2009
Brendan Fraser's boyish face usually oozes charisma, but here he just looks plain bored. Which is kind of how the audience looked too.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
January 23, 2009
The film's storybook Alpine vistas are lovely to behold, and bits of humor pop out in welcome moments. Other than that, it never quite springs to life as intended -- not in your kitchen, and not on screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 22, 2008
Whatever made the German novel Inkheart by Cornelia Funke so popular that it got translated into 37 languages is nowhere in evidence in its film version.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 30, 2009
Much less cringe-worthy, juvenile and bland than Bedtime Stories, it lacks the awe-inspiring thrills, brilliance and imagination that makes superior films like Harry Potter so exhilarating and unforgettable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Matt Stevens
E! Online
January 22, 2009
While the story proves the pen is mightier than the sword, this flaccid adaptation proves the book is mightier than the film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
January 23, 2009
Inkheart finds Brendan Fraser getting out-acted by flying monkeys and Toto the dog.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Smith
Tulsa World
January 26, 2009
A fantasy film intended as an adventure flick that requires this disclaimer: Do not operate heavy machinery after viewing.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nick Schager
January 22, 2009
Despite its interest in creative expression, Inkheart's hurried pace, shorthand characterizations and regularly scheduled set-pieces obliterate all but the faintest traces of lucid thought.
Fionnuala Halligan
Screen International
December 12, 2008
Bit by bit, Inkheart gets backed into a very moribund soundstage finale with loose ends either rapidly wrapped or abandoned entirely.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
January 22, 2009
A literary fantasy with a charm deficit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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