The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Reviews

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 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.
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 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.
August 22, 2013
Some of the mythology is confusing, but its campy humor helps a lot.
August 22, 2013
It's a film that even this jaded anti-fan of this kind of dreck found himself rooting for in time, swayed by strong performances, a decent story, and a sense that at least for much of its running time the film pretended I wasn't a complete moron.
August 21, 2013
Everything chugs along briskly and reasonably entertainingly until running off the rails a bit with a wildly overcomplicated finale.
August 21, 2013
More than just another watered-down tween franchise wannabe.
August 21, 2013
Throws everything at the wall to see what sticks - Werewolves, vampires, warlocks, love triangles - because what is a tween story without one of those, gay demon hunters, incest...Wait, what? It is a mess, but somehow it works.
August 21, 2013
Smart enough to qualify as quality entertainment for teens and twentysomethings.
August 21, 2013
[Zwart] finally has a vehicle that tests his talents. His dark vision of the shadow world beyond the ordinary one is intricately detailed and believable throughout, even if much of it is the product of CGI mastery.
August 21, 2013
Yet for all that familiarity, the story is told with style and some wit...
August 20, 2013
As with most adaptations of beloved books, this film plays to the fans.
August 20, 2013
Competent enough to celebrate all the sexiness and violence that most of the other Twilight rip-offs (and especially Twilight) are afraid to even glance at.
August 20, 2013
Earning the coveted and easily attained praise "better than Twilight," City of Bones thrives not on the presence of awesome but the absence of terrible.
August 19, 2013
Grown-ups might've seen these tropes too many times to be impressed, but for teenage girls, it's a full-on Tumblrgasm in the making.