The Pagemaster
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With the help of a mystical librarian, a timid young boy enters a world of adventure where characters from classic books come to life. This mostly animated fantasy, featuring a brief live-action frame, centers on the boy's attempts to find his way home.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 18%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
More reviews for The Pagemaster on Rotten Tomatoes

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