Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
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The eccentric owner of a magical toy store surprises the shop's manager by turning over ownership to her in a warm-hearted comedy fantasy directed by Zach Helm and starring Jason Bateman, Dustin Hoffman, and Natalie Portman. Portman plays the manager of the store that seems to be a reflection of the people who run it, and Bateman stars as the detail-oriented accountant assigned the task of assessing the establishment's monetary value. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 37%

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"Let's not be too Scrooge-like; there are pockets of charm, and some of the effects are quite good."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is what happens when too many sappy sweet instincts chase too few original ideas."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium has been aggressively geared towards small children to an extent that's often nothing short of exasperating..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"For all its computer-generated effects and colorful sight gags, Magorium is a dreadfully prosaic movie, lacking charm and grace."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"The result, for all its swirly colors and surrealism, is alternately dull and irritating, an experience akin to learning that you're going on a field trip only to discover that it's to the box factory."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"It's so intent on being whimsical, so aware of its own whimsicality, that it ends up being not very whimsical at all."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"In a season filled with depressing movies for adults, someone's finally thought to give equal time to the kids."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The wonderful fantasy elements Zach Helm was trying to tap into do not translate over to this particular toy store."
‑ Jamie Gillies, Apollo Guide
"A weak whimsical story with a good heart."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"If there were as many great ideas in the story as there are in the art and CGI special effects departments, this fantasy tale of wonder might have been a hit."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"Helm gets huge bonus points for noticing everything that's annoying about modern children's films and including none of those things in his movie."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"As long as Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium sticks to magic, it is pretty engaging, but the lives on display are less than mesmerizing."
‑ Susan Walker, Toronto Star
"The film may occasionally strain too hard for magical whimsy, but there's no disputing its sweetness or poignancy."
‑ Tim Grierson, Screendaily
"The trailers make the movie look like the ickiest kind of whimsy, accompanied by obstreperous special effects, but the film itself is gasp-worthy."
‑ Alonso Duralde, MSNBC
"I laughed out loud once, yet I am giving this film a positive review. There's something magical about a G-rated film that attempts to capture life, death and a little bit of magic."
‑ Jeff Bayer, The Scorecard Review
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