Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages. On one of their trips to a secondhand book shop, Mo locates a book he's been searching for since Meggie was three years old, when her mother, Resa, vanished into its mystical world. But Mo's plan to use the book to find and rescue Resa is thwarted when Capricorn, the evil villain of "Inkheart," kidnaps… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 39%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
More reviews for Inkheart on Rotten Tomatoes

More Like This