Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

The best-selling series of subversive children's books from author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) come to the screen in this black comedy for the whole family (and how often do you get to see one of those?). The Baudelaire siblings… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 17, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Although it softens the nasty edges of its source material, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is a gothic visual treat, and it features a hilariously manic turn from Jim Carrey as the evil Count Olaf.

Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader

Episodic but entertaining.

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David Edelstein

Heinrichs helps take your mind off the slack direction and the letdown of a climax, which ought to make the kiddies hurl Gummi Bears at the screen.

Kevin Carr
Fat Guys at the Movies

This film is endlessly dark and gloomy for a kids story. But somehow, it works.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

It's all a bit superficial, but highly entertaining, wickedly funny, and alluring enough to make you want to start reading the books.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

A lavishly mounted blockbuster that has little personality of its own except on a purely visual level.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Book's fans will enjoy, but too creepy for some.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

A sick joke of a film that realizes the best children's entertainment doesn't hide from the bleaker side of life, but plunges into the void and respects kids enough to assume they can handle it.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

It just kind of spins its wheels.

Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons

Whilst the direction and script seem off, the rest of the production work is excellent.

Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Nowhere near the brilliance of Lemony Snicket's series, the film is a disappointment as far as adaptations go. It is aesthetically pleasing, however, with… More
Directors Cat
Jim Carrey is my favorite actor and this feels a lot to me like something Tim Burton would do. Jim Carrey reminds me of Michael Keaton in Burton's… More
Zach Brehany
I was once addicted to the books that this film was based on. Due to me being bored, I decided to take down off of my bookshelves the entire saga of the… More
Bethany Murphy
A really enjoyable family film!
Frank Petrovich
"Lemony Snicket's A Series Of Unfortunate Events" is a movie based off of the book series of the same name. What can I say about this movie,… More
Jens S.
This wonderfully bizarre, mean and black comedy about a bunch of rich orphans trying to escape their murderous uncle is an example of Jim Carrey's talent.… More