The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Reviews

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John Fink
The Film Stage
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.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Gabrielle Bondi
The Young Folks
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
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.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
September 1, 2013
Way to give overwrought fan fiction a bad name. No amount of fairy dust can make this bewitching.
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Dequina
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
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?
Jackie K. Cooper
August 28, 2013
Murky confusing adaptation of Cassandra Clare's book. No franchise here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Curtis Woloschuk
Total Film
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Toomey
ABC Radio Brisbane
August 27, 2013
There are some interesting ideas and concepts within this fantasy world but they don't come through clearly enough, despite the 130 minute duration.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
August 27, 2013
At least you're not forced to stare at Kristen Stewart's sour mug for two hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Stefan Pape
August 27, 2013
A shallow and somewhat spiritless picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
August 26, 2013
In the end, this 'City of Bones' is all gnawed-over scraps from other, better movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Keyes
August 26, 2013
This is a premise that might work in the hands of more eager filmmakers, but here it is reduced to a collection of fragmented scenes designed to mystify and infuriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 23, 2013
The action sequences never quite attain the level of thrilling, though Jonathan Rhys-Meyers boldly vamps it up as the (very tightly) leather-clad villain of the piece
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Cameron Williams
The Popcorn Junkie
August 23, 2013
Cluttered, kooky and completely bonkers
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
August 23, 2013
The 130-minute running time is 40 minutes too long - but then there's enough repetitive plot exposition and 'who-is- really-related-to-who?' nonsense to cure insomnia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kofi Outlaw
August 23, 2013
Even with a rich and dark premise as well as a cast of thespians with actual acting chops, the story and movie are sub-par, forgettable, and crushingly boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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