The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
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An 11-year-old boy discovers that he is the last member of a group of immortals dedicated to fighting dark forces of evil. As he uncovers a series of clues, some dating back to biblical times, the boy also discovers the future of the world rests in his hands.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A total dud."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A movie that should've been made shortly after its source material -- Susan Cooper's Newbery winner -- debuted in 1973. As is, it feels entirely too generic to work today."
‑ Gregory Kirschling, Entertainment Weekly
"The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising isn't an out and out bad film, there have certainly been worse films and recently, but it's not particularly good either, suffering from ill-conceived and executed story decisions that rob it of tension or interest."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"The Seeker is great-looking and well-acted, but unlike the Potter books and films, there's no sense that it's about anything more than the throwing-balls-of-smoke and mind-melding that we see onscreen."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Not-too-impressive CG effects and frenetic camera work but cannot mask what is--or, rather, what isn't there."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Director David L. Cunningham's proffered chills are strictly of the lightweight variety: a menacing flock of ravens, a slimy skein of snakes and a couple of mall security yobs too fat or stupid to overpower even a spindly teenager."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"The acting is mediocre, the story rambles, the special effects -- average at best."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"a lot of shouting offered up as an ineffectual camouflage to the picture's complete lack of ambition."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"It's important, when criticising some of the more clichéd elements here - the dark versus the light, the Tolkein parallels, the quests - to bear in mind that this film is aimed at older children, not your average jaded film critic."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"The excessive strobe effects may trigger epileptic fits, but the movie itself will induce narcolepsy."
‑ Jamie Russell, thelondonpaper
"A mealy adaptation of one installment in Susan Cooper's acclaimed book series."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out New York
"Poor writing and production values like these bring no light to Cooper's novel -- or the audience."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Sloppy, lifeless storytelling so limp it guarantees no sequels will be made."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Disappointing adaptation of a great kids' book."
‑ Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
"An orgy of portents that runs out of oomph."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
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