City of Ember
City of Ember (2008)

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 25, 2008
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
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Critic Score: 53% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: City of Ember is visually arresting, and boasts a superb cast, but is sadly lacking in both action and adventure.

Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

It's an unfortunate end to a promising movie.

Susan Walker
Toronto Star

A thrilling adventure tale and teen fantasy that is grounded in real concerns about who is managing the planet.

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Joshua Starnes

A lot of thought and effort has been put into City of Ember but the whole is never more than the sum of its parts. It wants to be an adventure story and a fable and a mystery all at the same time and never quite decides what it is.

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Ben Lyons
At the Movies

Ultimately, it didn't move me in any way.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Though City of Ember is a bit hurried in execution, this first live-action film by director Gil Kenan has the subterranean feel of a dream being described.

Brian Orndorf

One of the best family films of the year...if you like your kid movies with a little more bruising than normal.

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Claudia Puig
USA Today

Even if it occasionally goes off course, City of Ember provides audiences with a thought-provoking and family-friendly adventure.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The story, based on Jeanne Duprau's novel of the same name, is beautifully constructed. It builds until it reaches the point that it's one edge-of-your-seat moment after another.

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Mike Scott

Built upon a bedrock of dazzling and richly constructed sets -- think Dr. Seuss meets Jules Verne meets Mad Max -- and complemented by rock-solid storytelling, it's an enormously enjoyable family film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 46% Flixster User Reviews
Film Crazy
An uninspiring tale that just limply moves on with no real conviction. seen much better familly dramas!
Drake Tsui
This movie has so much promise for its demographic. The themes, the visuals, the actors... but none of it comes together in a truly compelling manner that would… More
JY Skacto
Gil Kenan's adaptation of Jeanne Duprau's book, <i>City of Ember</i>, leaves the occasional blackout.</p><p>It's a brief… More
Eliza Norton
Well, it's been a long time since I had watched this but I remember that I was some kind of disappointed of the young actors and also from the whole… More
Dead Angel
It's a weird movie. But wasn't boring. Watchable.
Michael Edwards
Very, very weird, but in a good way