Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Reviews

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November 15, 2011
Episodic but entertaining.
June 24, 2006
It's all a bit superficial, but highly entertaining, wickedly funny, and alluring enough to make you want to start reading the books.
September 26, 2005
A sick joke of a film that realizes the best children's entertainment doesn't hide from the bleaker side of life, but plunges into the void and respects kids enough to assume they can handle it.
March 7, 2005
The main blight on the festivities is that, as always, Hollywood can't resist adding a little uplift.
December 21, 2004
Heinrichs helps take your mind off the slack direction and the letdown of a climax, which ought to make the kiddies hurl Gummi Bears at the screen.
December 20, 2004
A lavishly mounted blockbuster that has little personality of its own except on a purely visual level.
December 20, 2004
It just kind of spins its wheels.
December 17, 2004
I think this one is a tune-up for the series, a trial run in which they figure out what works and what needs to be tweaked.
December 17, 2004
A work of wonderfully sinister fantasy.
December 17, 2004
As it ticks by, laboriously, it leaves you feeling that you should be enjoying it more than you are.
December 17, 2004
The visuals are dark and ominous without getting totally terrifying -- the characters feel real, but their environment is off-kilter enough to remind you that this world is one of imagination.
December 17, 2004
A dark charmer.
December 17, 2004
Call the movie a pleasant near-miss, see it with your expectations lowered and by all means read the books again.
December 17, 2004
Carrey finds his perfect role in Count Olaf.
December 17, 2004
There's little, very little, at all unfortunate about it.
December 17, 2004
A welcome holiday treat.
December 17, 2004
Against all odds it delights, using a compact script (by Robert Gordon), creative storytelling and the ripe comedic talents of a prodigious cast to transform written word into a near-perfect cinematic entity.
December 17, 2004
Provides a pleasant end-of-year surprise.
December 17, 2004
A more apt title might have been: Jim Carrey's Series of Outlandish Impersonations.
December 17, 2004
[It] may be the best live-action children's film of the year, a woven series of dark fairy tales that are witty and inventive enough for all ages.
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