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Author Cornelia Funke's best-selling children's novel comes to vivid life on the big screen with this family-friendly tale about a bookbinder whose storytelling skills possess the curious power to transport the characters he speaks about into the real world. When a nefarious villain from a bedtime story that the father is currently reading to his daughter emerges to kidnap the stunned storyteller, it's up to the young girl and her adventurous friends -- both real and imaginary -- to bring dad back home and close the book on the dreaded fiend once and for all. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

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"The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"Over and over again, characters in Inkheart wax eloquent on the power of books. But there's nothing in the movie as haunting or as compelling as the sound they make when they speak for themselves."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek,
"Cobbled-together fantasy about a dad who can "read" characters in and out of books."
‑ Sarah Sluis, Film Journal International
"If there's a problem for me with Inkheart, it is one of scope. This feels like it should be an epic movie, but it's not."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"As far as movies based on books about books go, it's anything but a pageturner."
‑ Jayne Nelson, SFX Magazine
"[Has] plenty of thrills, a smart although oft-confusing script, delightful scenery-chewing scenes from stalwarts like Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis, and a gorgeous high-concept visual style."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"A flea market of fairy tales and hocus-pocus, Inkheart makes as much sense as an inkblot."
‑ Kyle Smith, New York Post
"Kind of a NeverEnding Story-lite, Inkheart never makes full use of its strengths. The ideas about reality and fiction have already been explored better elsewhere, even in light family films."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"For all its problems, it's a sweet, clever work."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Readers who want to exercise their imaginations may prefer to stick to the written word. If a story gets boring, you can always skip a few pages and move on. In the cinema there isn't much choice."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"Seemingly intended as a celebration of the power of books, it's an occasionally incoherent, sleep-inducing picture that reduces narrative to mere mechanics."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"The overqualified cast gives its all, but logical lapses and sober-sided direction siphon off the fun."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Brendan Fraser's boyish face usually oozes charisma, but here he just looks plain bored. Which is kind of how the audience looked too."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"When you have to question every other scene and a ferret steals the show, you know you're in trouble."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"The message is so muddied by the film's dizzying changes in pitch and tone that a lot of young readers aren't going to know what to think."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
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