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Inkheart Reviews

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Anna King
Time Out
November 16, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
January 23, 2009
The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch.
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
January 23, 2009
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.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
January 23, 2009
A flea market of fairy tales and hocus-pocus, Inkheart makes as much sense as an inkblot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
January 23, 2009
The overqualified cast gives its all, but logical lapses and sober-sided direction siphon off the fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
January 23, 2009
The movie never achieves the sort of transporting fantasy that formed the backbone of the novel: The limitless potential for adventure and excitement that books provide, given physical form when transplanted into our reality.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Kamal Al-Solaylee
Globe and Mail
January 23, 2009
As an adventure flick, Inkheart is not all that adventurous. It goes to places and falls on tropes that many fantasy films -- most notably but not exclusively the Lord of the Rings trilogy -- have covered.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
January 23, 2009
Even if it can't quite conjure up the movie magic it intends, Inkheart does serve as public service announcement promoting literacy. And as such, your kids could do a lot worse at the cineplex.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
January 23, 2009
Much of this comes across as a labor of love, with a classy cast frolicking in Iain Softley's whimsical direction of a lushly imagined adaptation by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
January 23, 2009
It's handsomely mounted, with supporting turns by Helen Mirren as the girl's flinty aunt and Jim Broadbent as the author of the book that caused so much fuss.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
January 23, 2009
Inkheart illustrates an obvious problem with making a movie about the joys of reading when the movie made is labored and sludgy looking: Why bother seeing it if you can stay home and read a book instead?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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A.O. Scott
New York Times
January 23, 2009
A movie that can produce the image of Helen Mirren astride a unicorn has some claim on the audience's interest, and a movie that can make that image seem perfectly uninteresting is in some serious trouble.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
January 23, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
January 22, 2009
Inkheart is a valentine to books mainly by negative example -- the leaps of imagination it doesn't achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 22, 2009
A kids' adventure movie can be a lot of things -- wild and woolly, loosey-goosey, full of foolishness -- but they should never be shabby. And that's the best word for Inkheart.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
January 22, 2009
Much is made of the magic of literature in Inkheart, but the joys of losing yourself in reading are undermined by the movie's barrage of special effects and a convoluted plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 22, 2009
A brisk and engaging adventure for kids who love books as well as for those who don't.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 22, 2009
The story is a whirl, a jumble, an effusion -- sometimes flowing smoothly, other times jerking along as if the filmmaker has been given advice he resents regarding pacing and the balance of sweetness and danger.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
January 22, 2009
We leave doubly convinced that words are better left squat, inert, and black on the page
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
January 22, 2009
Inkheart won't make people forget Princess Bride, but it may give them pleasant flashbacks while it rollicks through its own bookish adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
January 22, 2009
Entertaining enough for young teens, but a little more thought could have made it appealing to adults as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
January 22, 2009
Inkheart is entertaining enough, if not always easy to follow. And if it does nothing else, at least it may inspire kids to read, if for no other reason than to help make sense of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
January 21, 2009
Whimsy shouldn't be overwhelming.
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
January 21, 2009
It all smacks of that overdone 'passion for literature' common in English teachers who send any healthy-minded kid running from books.
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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.
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David Jenkins
Time Out
December 12, 2008
It's a familiar tale, but one told with gusto, wit and visual flare.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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Justin Chang
Variety
December 11, 2008
A brisk, overstuffed adaptation of Cornelia Funke's international bestseller.