The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Reviews

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August 22, 2013
Every fantasy creature except zombies get a workout in this overstuffed spectacle about a teenage girl who discovers she has angelic blood in her veins.
August 22, 2013
This is film-making at its most cynical. But none of it actually makes much sense.
August 22, 2013
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" plays like a "Scary Movie" parody.
August 22, 2013
This desperate Twilight wannabe hits more than its own share of clunky notes.
August 22, 2013
This tired mulch of fantasy clichés is hampered by its regressive attitude towards its plucky heroine.
August 22, 2013
Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous.
August 22, 2013
"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" will make you yearn for more "Twilight" movies.
August 22, 2013
Hollywood has more than enough high-caliber young adult lit to mine. Filmmakers should tap into richer human stories. We mere mortals would dearly appreciate it.
August 21, 2013
It desperately gathers clichés like a teen fantasy Frankenstein that doesn't realize its secret identity: parody.
August 21, 2013
Mortal Instruments manages to occupy 130 minutes of frantic, numbing, activity.
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
The action flick is overly long, complicated and, even by teen romance standards, cringe-worthy in its cheesiness.
August 21, 2013
More than just another watered-down tween franchise wannabe.
August 21, 2013
Alas, the titular City of Bones is more of a basement.
August 21, 2013
One of the most disastrous page-to-screen adaptations in memory.
August 21, 2013
An almost random collection of sexy-supernatural teen signifiers aimed at squeezing the penultimate dollars out of a declining trend.
August 21, 2013
City of Bones isn't the worst of its kind, but crap served with flair is still basically crap.
August 21, 2013
References to "Star Wars" and the Harry Potter and Twilight universes pose less of a problem than the increasingly messy action scenes and an overabundance of main characters, more than enough to fuel several franchises.
August 21, 2013
Though it has flashes of promise, Bones traces the footsteps of its fantasy film predecessors too closely to blaze anything close to an original narrative.
Top Critic
August 21, 2013
There are too many characters, and too many of them spend too much time morphing into something else.
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