The Pagemaster


The Pagemaster (1994)


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This animated fantasy, featuring Macauly Culkin, opens the world of books to younger viewers. The film begins in live action and quickly switches to animation. Richard is a fearful little boy until an odd librarian sends him on a magical journey into literature where the characters spring to life. He is assisted by pals Adventure, Fantasy, and Horror. To escape from this fantastical world, Richard must reach the "Exit" sign. He is hindered by many literary characters including Long John Silver, Jekyll and Hide, and Captain Ahab.

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Macaulay Culkin
as Richard Tyler
Christopher Lloyd
as Mr. Dewey/The Pagemaster
Ed Begley Jr.
as Alan Tyler
Leonard Nimoy
as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Mel Harris
as Claire Tyler
Patrick Stewart
as Adventure
Phil Hartman
as Tom Morgan
Jim Cummings
as Long John Silver
B.J. Ward
as Queen of Hearts
Alexis Kirschner
as Neighborhood kid
Jessica Kirschner
as Neighborhood kid
Brandon McKay
as Neighborhood kid
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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (8)

The Pagemaster is the kind of movie first-grade teachers would have popped into the VCR in the 1990s to kill time on a rainy afternoon.

Jul 15, 2018 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Built on a wispy premise better suited to the realm of TV, The Pagemaster plays like a slickly produced afternoon special.

Dec 4, 2007
Top Critic

Mediocre, really, this mixture of real actors and animation.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
Time Out
Top Critic

A pallid film framed at the start and finish by live action and mostly composed of cheap-looking animation.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 2/5

Plays too much like a TV cartoon.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

A sad and dreary film.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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All The Adventure Your Imagination Can Hold. Not a great or horrible movie! The beginning of this movie is excellent with tremendous sound and some nice humor, but once the film changes into animation it quickly loses its appeal. However, although this film is mostly disappointing, not all is lost. The story, for all its flaws, wastes no time in getting started, and there is a certain nostalgia surrounding the film for the endless stream of, mostly mediocre, but still harmless, cartoons of the 90s, when computer-generated animation was yet to be exploited. Overall, just not memorable enough or able to compete with the great animated films of the last dozen years. This is the story of a young boy named Richard Tyler, who finds shelter from a storm inside a nearby library. Tyler slips and is knocked unconscious while exploring a rotunda in the library. Upon awakening he is led on a journey through conflicts and events that resemble fictional stories, keeping him from finding the exit from the library.

Manu Gino
Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Kids will like it and the animation is nice, plus some good acting, but overall its not the most memorable animated film made

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

A fantastic fantasy adventure for kids. Culkin gets turned into a cartoon and has to find his way back home from the book lands, and find his courage along the way. It's really a cool movie, and kids will love it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


(Relativley short review) Like "A Troll in Central Park", "The Pagemaster" is a family movie that most will hate, but I actually like. I like the lesson, I like the characters and I like the plot. The humor wasn't funny, but apart from that it was good. Like always, we start with the bad. This movie had WAY too many book puns. What's worse? They weren't even funny and they got old VERY quickly. It would have been a better movie without them. Still this movie had good. It has a good lesson, that kids should face their fears and that when they do, they'll come out stronger. Kids will never apply it, but it's a good lesson. The main character is someone you can really root for. He's a nerd and a coward, but he has a lot of potential too be something more. You'll be rooting for him the whole way. The books were very interesting characters too, and Whoopi Goldberg did a great job as Fantasy. "Adventure" did a nice job too. Finally, the plot was very original. I think it's good that hollywood is getting kids too read. This is a very good introduction to some of literature's greatest classics. Overrall, a pretty good film. Not great, but good.

Marc Lewis
Marc Lewis

Super Reviewer

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