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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Reviews

December 13, 2007
Let's not be too Scrooge-like; there are pockets of charm, and some of the effects are quite good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
November 19, 2007
It's so intent on being whimsical, so aware of its own whimsicality, that it ends up being not very whimsical at all.
November 16, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2007
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is what happens when too many sappy sweet instincts chase too few original ideas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 16, 2007
In a season filled with depressing movies for adults, someone's finally thought to give equal time to the kids.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
As long as Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium sticks to magic, it is pretty engaging, but the lives on display are less than mesmerizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
If the concept of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is ingenious, its execution is erratic.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 16, 2007
There isn't anything terribly exciting or original on offer... but there's nothing offensive either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
Never promise wonder when all you've got is manufactured whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
While endearingly heartfelt and G-rated to boot, its storytelling suffers from a lack of locomotive force and characters that feel disappointingly two-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 16, 2007
For all its playful touches and neat-o nostalgia for nondigital entertainment, the whimsy feels forced.
November 16, 2007
Helm knows his way around a screenplay. The guy can write. But directing is a whole other kettle of talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 16, 2007
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium should delight audiences in the mood for holiday magic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 16, 2007
With fine performances from Hoffman, Portman, Bateman and the sad-eyed Mills, and some ever-true observations about imagination and possibilities, Mr. Magorium is likely to work his magic given a chance.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2007
Mr. Magorium is festive, to be sure. But it doesn't have the rhythm of an instant family classic.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
This isn't quite the over-the-top fantasy you'd like it to be, but it's a charming enough little movie, and probably the younger you are, the more charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 16, 2007
Like the store, the movie is chockablock with playthings -- puns, graphics, and music -- that make the life lessons easier to absorb.
November 16, 2007
Its insecurities do it in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 16, 2007
Wake me when the wackiness is over.
November 15, 2007
Writer/director Zach Helm achieves bursts of charm and whimsy, but not quite enough magic to elicit a consistent sense of wonderment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2007
Instantly forgettable except that it contains the worst performance of Dustin Hoffman's long and illustrious career.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
November 15, 2007
Wonder is the key, and it's lacking in a major way. Should you decide to see it anyway, you might wonder what you're doing there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 15, 2007
The one happy side effect of the film's lack of energy is that it won't result in a raging headache, but that isn't much of an endorsement.
Read More | Original Score: C-
November 15, 2007
Perhaps thinking in pictures led Helm to clutter his screen with TMVI -- too much visual information.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 15, 2007
At its best, the movie makes you feel like a kindred spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 15, 2007
The movie means to approach the creepy wonder of Roald Dahl but gets only the creepy part right.
November 15, 2007
The film is very sweet -- in fact it represents the dawn of a new sport, Extreme Whimsy -- but it doesn't look or feel like most other kid-friendly Hollywood products that make it to market. When it counts this fable is surprisingly moving.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 15, 2007
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium truly does inspire wonder. As in, 'Wonder why they made this? Wonder what they were thinking?'
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
November 15, 2007
The walls of multiplex theaters may not shake and weep upon its departure, but as a holiday alternative for kids, OD'ing on Willy Wonka, you could do worse.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 15, 2007
Things grow tediously familiar.
November 14, 2007
The toys all have prankish lives of their own -- which could have been fun, in a Harry Potter meets Flubber sort of way, except that when you actually see the playthings, they don't look fun at all.
Full Review | Original Score: F
November 12, 2007
Sprinkles in charming moments but ultimately doesn't evoke enough wonderment to overcome its tongue-twisting title and completely win over adults along with kids.