The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising
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Producer Marc E. Platt brings author Susan Cooper's popular series of children's fantasy books to the big screen with this tale of a young boy (Alexander Ludwig) who discovers that he is the latest in a long line of immortal warriors. When the forces of darkness, led by the villainous Rider (Christopher Eccleston), threaten to overpower the forces of light, the young chosen one must venture out into the world to realize his destiny and ensure that evil is defeated. Ian McShane and Frances Conroy round out the cast. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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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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