The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
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Lily Collins stars as a young girl whose life is upended when she realizes that she's part of a long line of demon-slayers in this Screen Gems adaptation of Cassandra Clare's first book in her series of best-selling novels. Lena Headey and Jonathan Rhys Meyers head up the rest of the starring cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 12%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Every fantasy creature except zombies get a workout in this overstuffed spectacle about a teenage girl who discovers she has angelic blood in her veins."
‑ Michael Sragow, Orange County Register
"Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"'Author' Cassandra Clare assumes that you have never seen a film or read a book in your entire life. She steals plot details from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Twilight and assumes that no one will notice. I did."
‑ Adam Ross, The Aristocrat
"Way to give overwrought fan fiction a bad name. No amount of fairy dust can make this bewitching."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Who cares about a life-or-death battle with evil spirits when there's angst-ridden teen relationship drama in the mix?"
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
""The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" plays like a "Scary Movie" parody."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"Hollywood has more than enough high-caliber young adult lit to mine. Filmmakers should tap into richer human stories. We mere mortals would dearly appreciate it."
‑ Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News
"Awful, expensive, over-long, unremittingly dull attempt to start a Twilight-like franchise... plans were already underway for the sequel before this was released. They might just want to wait to see if anybody's interested first."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"Traz uma série de elementos interessantes que acabam sendo sacrificados pela vontade da história de investir num romance mergulhado em pieguice e clichês."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Murky confusing adaptation of Cassandra Clare's book. No franchise here."
‑ Jackie K. Cooper,
"This desperate Twilight wannabe hits more than its own share of clunky notes."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"It desperately gathers clichés like a teen fantasy Frankenstein that doesn't realize its secret identity: parody."
‑ Jake Coyle, Associated Press
"If you can overlook the lack of originality, the film actually makes a good fist of making something fresh and appealing from its second-hand ingredients."
‑ Jason Best, Movie Talk
"In the end it comes off as rather inoffensively been-there, done-that--except for Jamie Campbell Bower, that is, who is strictly WTF."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"What Harald Zwart's film lacks is the focus that might make this cluttered set-up more than the sum of its dour design, raging hormones, incessant skirmishes and wearying exposition."
‑ Curtis Woloschuk, Total Film
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