The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Reviews

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September 17, 2020
Screenwriter Jessica Postigo serves up a script that feels like a working draft.
March 2, 2019
Certainly has all the ingredients required to pique the curiosity of its target audience, yet offers only a tasteless and uninspired union of its literary conventions.
January 26, 2019
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is a deft piece of fantasy filmmaking, exciting and engaging. Young adults and actual adults alike can enjoy it - it takes the format and makes it feel fresh, fun and even a little scary.
November 17, 2018
Outlandishly clichéd and cockeyed, The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones is meshed together with all the conviction of preparing homemade goulash but without a comprehensive taste for escapist originality.
November 16, 2018
They spend less than five minutes in the City of Bones. Will make you feel bad about your ab routine.
November 6, 2018
The actors wholeheartedly take on their roles, treating the material with the respect devotees expect.
November 6, 2018
Lily Collins is a talented, beautiful young actress, but even she couldn't save this. And sadly, there are more to come.
September 8, 2017
The amount of scene-setting may disappoint those familiar with the story and looking for more, but this is an interesting world and story to explore.
September 5, 2017
Still they come, trying to fill that Harry Potter/Twilight-shaped gap. This adaptation of Cassandra Clare's young adult series-launcher is an unashamedly derivative market filler.
June 28, 2016
The character development and story beats are quite predictable and that's the irony of Zwart's film: he's made a mundane movie for an audience of mundanes.
July 20, 2015
It didn't help that the execution of the complex storyline was so messy and confusing that it was difficult to understand why the villain was doing what he was doing.
November 10, 2013
'Author' Cassandra Clare assumes that you have never seen a film or read a book in your entire life. She steals plot details from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Twilight and assumes that no one will notice. I did.
September 29, 2013
Awful, expensive, over-long, unremittingly dull attempt to start a Twilight-like franchise... plans were already underway for the sequel before this was released. They might just want to wait to see if anybody's interested first.
September 7, 2013
If you can overlook the lack of originality, the film actually makes a good fist of making something fresh and appealing from its second-hand ingredients.
September 1, 2013
Way to give overwrought fan fiction a bad name. No amount of fairy dust can make this bewitching.
September 1, 2013
Traz uma série de elementos interessantes que acabam sendo sacrificados pela vontade da história de investir num romance mergulhado em pieguice e clichês.
August 31, 2013
In the end it comes off as rather inoffensively been-there, done-that--except for Jamie Campbell Bower, that is, who is strictly WTF.
August 30, 2013
Who cares about a life-or-death battle with evil spirits when there's angst-ridden teen relationship drama in the mix?
August 28, 2013
Murky confusing adaptation of Cassandra Clare's book. No franchise here.
August 28, 2013
What Harald Zwart's film lacks is the focus that might make this cluttered set-up more than the sum of its dour design, raging hormones, incessant skirmishes and wearying exposition.
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