Inkheart (2009)

Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: when a character is brought to life from a book, a… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 23, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Heavy on cliches and light on charm, this kid-lit fantasy-adventure doesn't quite get off the ground.

Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch.

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Stephanie Zacharek

Over and over again, characters in Inkheart wax eloquent on the power of books. But there's nothing in the movie as haunting or as compelling as the sound they make when they speak for themselves.

Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International

Cobbled-together fantasy about a dad who can "read" characters in and out of books.

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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

[Has] plenty of thrills, a smart although oft-confusing script, delightful scenery-chewing scenes from stalwarts like Helen Mirren, Jim Broadbent and Andy Serkis, and a gorgeous high-concept visual style.

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Kyle Smith
New York Post

A flea market of fairy tales and hocus-pocus, Inkheart makes as much sense as an inkblot.

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Joshua Starnes

Kind of a NeverEnding Story-lite, Inkheart never makes full use of its strengths. The ideas about reality and fiction have already been explored better elsewhere, even in light family films.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Seemingly intended as a celebration of the power of books, it's an occasionally incoherent, sleep-inducing picture that reduces narrative to mere mechanics.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

The overqualified cast gives its all, but logical lapses and sober-sided direction siphon off the fun.

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Anders Wotzke

Brendan Fraser's boyish face usually oozes charisma, but here he just looks plain bored. Which is kind of how the audience looked too.

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
I have not read the original source material but the movie has a nice wholesome quality with good direction, well used but not overused CGI. I would say a much… More
Dead Angel
My hope was way too high for this movie. I love watching Brendan's movie. But this didn't meet my expectation. Their acting was way too cheesy. The… More
Kevin M. Williams
It's a family friendly tale about the joys of reading (and because of that many characters from the classic children's library show up and put in an… More
Curtis Lilly
Cool idea. I'm sure the books are better.
Dean King
A decent mystical family adventure film with a decent cast line up. I thought there would be a few more action scenes and mythical creatures in this, but sadly… More
Jens S.
I didn't read the book this movie is based on, but now I really want to. I guess that's a good thing to say about a film. The story of people with a… More