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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Reviews

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Variety
February 23, 2012
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Derek Adams
Time Out
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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.
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 16, 2007
In a season filled with depressing movies for adults, someone's finally thought to give equal time to the kids.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 16, 2007
If the concept of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is ingenious, its execution is erratic.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 16, 2007
Never promise wonder when all you've got is manufactured whimsy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
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
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
November 16, 2007
For all its playful touches and neat-o nostalgia for nondigital entertainment, the whimsy feels forced.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 16, 2007
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium should delight audiences in the mood for holiday magic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 16, 2007
Mr. Magorium is festive, to be sure. But it doesn't have the rhythm of an instant family classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2007
Like the store, the movie is chockablock with playthings -- puns, graphics, and music -- that make the life lessons easier to absorb.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 16, 2007
Its insecurities do it in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 16, 2007
Wake me when the wackiness is over.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
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.
| Original Score: C-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 15, 2007
At its best, the movie makes you feel like a kindred spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 15, 2007
The movie means to approach the creepy wonder of Roald Dahl but gets only the creepy part right.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 15, 2007
Things grow tediously familiar.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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Brian Lowry
Variety
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.