Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium


Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)


Critic Consensus: Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium's title is much more fun that the film itself, as the colorful visuals and talented players can't make up for a bland story.


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Set in a magical toy shop which affords adults the opportunity to retain a child's sense of magic and wonder in their lives, a clerk must decide whether she wants to run the store after its current owner Mr. Magorium passes away.

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Dustin Hoffman
as Mr. Magorium
Natalie Portman
as Molly Mahoney
Jason Bateman
as Henry Weston
Zach Mills
as Eric Applebaum
Ted Ludzik
as Bellini
Taryn Turney
as Sammi Ashaur
Madalena Brancatella
as Jessica, Who Got a Cowboy Hat
Paula Boudreau
as Brenda, Who Wants a Mobile
Mike Realba
as Dave Wolf, Who's an Enginer
Steve Whitmire
as Kermit the Frog
Liam Powley-Webster
as Andy, the Boy Who Likes to Colour
Marcia Bennett
as Lora, Who Wants a Fire Engine
Oliver Masuda
as Jordan, Who Said Hi
Samantha Harvey
as Cassie, the Girl Chased By a Goose
Jesse Bostick
as Derek, Who Opened the Door
Isaac Durnford
as Jason, Who's a Little Too Curious
Daniel Gordon
as Jimmy, Who Captures a Ball
Rebecca Northan
as Ellie Applebaum, the Mom
Dash Grundy
as Ari, Who Wants a Book
Dylan Authors
as Mark, Who Fingerpaints
Aidan Koper
as Brett, the Yo-Yo Guy
Lin Lin Feng
as Angie, Who Nearly Was Hit By a Blimp
He Wen
as Larry, Who Held On For Dear Life
Gan Zhen
as David, Who Also Held On For Dear Life
Quancetia Hamilton
as Gia, With a Squid On Her Head
Matt Baram
as Eddie, the Dentist
Jonathan Potts
as Dr. Dunn, Who Gives People Sedatives
Matthew Peart
as Wyatt, Who Sells Hot Dogs
David Rendall
as Tim, the Hot Dog Manager
Kiele Sanchez
as Mrs. Goodman, Who Wants the Store
David Collins
as Tom, the Realtor
Michael Costa-Parke
as Jack, Who Thinks It's Magic
Milo Gladstein
as Milo, Who's Not Bad
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

All Critics (124) | Top Critics (31)

Let's not be too Scrooge-like; there are pockets of charm, and some of the effects are quite good.

Dec 13, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

It's so intent on being whimsical, so aware of its own whimsicality, that it ends up being not very whimsical at all.

Nov 19, 2007

Helm gets huge bonus points for noticing everything that's annoying about modern children's films and including none of those things in his movie.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is what happens when too many sappy sweet instincts chase too few original ideas.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

In a season filled with depressing movies for adults, someone's finally thought to give equal time to the kids.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/4

As long as Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium sticks to magic, it is pretty engaging, but the lives on display are less than mesmerizing.

Nov 16, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium


This cute little fairy tale about an ancient but quirky toy store owner with odd powers taking the matters of heritage for his store in his own hands is a deeply naive film. If you accept that or if you're young enough not to notice it between all those multi-colored toys, hugging monkeys and rockets, this is quite a charming and sweet film. Some parts feel a bit arbitrary and forced but there is no being mad at Dustin Hoffman when he does his little boy smile or when Natalie Portman finally finds her career of choice thanks to banker Jason Bateman. Kids should most certainly have fun with this, but even adults who still know about the feeling of wonder upon entering a toy store should have enjoyable 90 minutes with this little film.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer


Mr. Magoriums Crappy Emporium. This film was boring, and its exsistence is only for kids to come because of a magical toy store, woopdy freakin doo kids, have a magical time at this crap.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

a movie that is like the toy shop version of "Willy Wonka and the chocolate factory" and the movie was good and i appreciate its kiddy feel to it

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


An extremely underrated kids film that I have waited far too long to see. Dustin Hoffman plays a character that you can easily fall in love with, and Natalie Portman alongside him, plays the perfect role to add that much more spirit to the film. It's never dull (ironic), it's fun, witty, charming, and beautifully crafted. The CGI is funny but it's a kids movie, so who cares. It's harmless fun entertainment that hopefully people of all ages will enjoy, because I sure did. Jason Bateman plays a very boring and straightforward character who ends up actually being delightful. This film is not a just a fun kids movie, but it has loads of spiritual meaning on the outside. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium soars with imagination!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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