Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
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Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
The best-selling series of subversive children's books from author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) come to the screen in this black comedy for the whole family (and how often do you get to see one of those?). The Baudelaire siblings -- gadget freak Violet (Emily Browning), bookworm Klaus (Liam Aiken), and baby Sunny (Kara Hoffman and Shelby Hoffman) -- were living a fairy-tale existence with their parents until they died in a fire that destroyed the family home. With few close relatives and a large fortune the children won't inherit until they reach adulthood, the Baudelaire… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Episodic but entertaining."
‑ Hank Sartin, Chicago Reader
"Heinrichs helps take your mind off the slack direction and the letdown of a climax, which ought to make the kiddies hurl Gummi Bears at the screen."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Book's fans will enjoy, but too creepy for some."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A dastardly unadulterated delight of a film."
‑ Kit Bowen, Hollywood.com
"If you sit back, relax and just accept it for what it is -- an enjoyable, escapist Gothic pantomime -- you will go home happy."
‑ Caroline Westbrook, Empire Magazine
"It's all a bit superficial, but highly entertaining, wickedly funny, and alluring enough to make you want to start reading the books."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A lavishly mounted blockbuster that has little personality of its own except on a purely visual level."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Whilst the direction and script seem off, the rest of the production work is excellent."
‑ Garth Franklin, Dark Horizons
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"...Carrey delivers a broad performance that's more distracting than anything else."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"A sick joke of a film that realizes the best children's entertainment doesn't hide from the bleaker side of life, but plunges into the void and respects kids enough to assume they can handle it."
‑ Nathan Rabin, AV Club
"It just kind of spins its wheels."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Between Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and Lemony Snicket 2004 is a banner year for dark and fun kid's films."
‑ Devin Faraci, CHUD
"We can be grateful that the series has given Carrey one of his better vehicles in recent years, and that Carrey has risen to the occasion so well."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"Successful in kicking off a largely amusing and visually engaging franchise."
‑ Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
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