The Pagemaster
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A young boy overcomes his obsessive fears by discovering a love for books in this animated fantasy adventure. In a live action wraparound, Macaulay Culkin stars as Richard Tyler, an easily bullied, nervous wreck of a kid who's an expert on safety statistics. His mother and father (Mel Harris and Ed Begley, Jr.) don't know how to inspire their son to embrace life boldly. Barely able to leave the house, Richard ventures out one day, but he gets lost in a storm and ends up at a mysterious library. Inside, he slips, knocks himself unconscious and finds himself in a cartoon realm where… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

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"Built on a wispy premise better suited to the realm of TV, The Pagemaster plays like a slickly produced afternoon special."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"A splendidly original children's fantasy about the world of books."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Weak Macaulay Culkin fantasy with some cartoon violence."
‑ Alex Orner, Common Sense Media
"If you're looking for a movie that may inspire your children to read, ignore this one and lay your money down for The Princess Bride or The NeverEnding Story."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"In this age of technology, a not-so-subtle plug for a classic method of mental stimulation comes as a pleasant surprise."
‑ Alison Macor, Austin Chronicle
"Mediocre, really, this mixture of real actors and animation."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This clever, often engaging, and always fast-paced motion picture uses the visual medium to encourage its viewers to reach out with their imagination."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Weak Macaulay Culkin fantasy with some cartoon violence."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"a nice starting point for an important conversation with your child about why so many cartoons think children are stupid."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A pallid film framed at the start and finish by live action and mostly composed of cheap-looking animation."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"A sad and dreary film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The film rests on its initial ingenuity and fails to develop the concept in interesting or surprising ways."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Pagemaster's problems can be easily traced back to the screenplay, which simply lacks anything remotely resembling wit."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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