City of Ember
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Monster House director Gil Kenan takes the helm for this children's fantasy about two young heroes who attempt to solve an ancient mystery in time to prevent their underground city from being swallowed by darkness. The City of Ember was built over 200 year ago, deep below the earth, where the destruction of a mass-scale disaster couldn't reach it. Equipped with a massive generator and vast supplies, the people of Ember have thrived happily for generations -- but the city wasn't meant to be lived in forever. The generator is breaking down and the supplies are running out, but two… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

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"It's an unfortunate end to a promising movie."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"A thrilling adventure tale and teen fantasy that is grounded in real concerns about who is managing the planet."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"A lot of thought and effort has been put into City of Ember but the whole is never more than the sum of its parts. It wants to be an adventure story and a fable and a mystery all at the same time and never quite decides what it is."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Ultimately, this journey to rekindle the fire of humanity fails to burn bright enough, leaving only the unpleasant taste of ashes."
‑ Jon Hamblin, SFX Magazine
"Tween audiences should be awestruck, and the message of audacity in the face of orthodoxy feels genuinely heroic."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Ultimately, it didn't move me in any way."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"Though City of Ember is a bit hurried in execution, this first live-action film by director Gil Kenan has the subterranean feel of a dream being described."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"One of the best family films of the year...if you like your kid movies with a little more bruising than normal."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"A shaky platform of sense but the visual genius is so great, the film must be seen."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Murray playing the glutton doesn't exactly fit the bill and for all the architectural care that's gone into Ember's creation, the secret at its heart is no mystery to us, the audience."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Even if it occasionally goes off course, City of Ember provides audiences with a thought-provoking and family-friendly adventure."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The story, based on Jeanne Duprau's novel of the same name, is beautifully constructed. It builds until it reaches the point that it's one edge-of-your-seat moment after another."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Built upon a bedrock of dazzling and richly constructed sets -- think Dr. Seuss meets Jules Verne meets Mad Max -- and complemented by rock-solid storytelling, it's an enormously enjoyable family film."
‑ Mike Scott, Times-Picayune
"In addition to being fascinating and exciting, City of Ember invites its young viewers to constantly ask questions and never give up."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Murray is always good to have around, and so are Tim Robbins, who plays Doon's defeated father, and Martin Landau as one of the drones who tries to keep the city in working order. The young actors are excellent."
‑ David Stratton, The Australian
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