The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

Lily Collins stars as a young girl whose life is upended when she realizes that she's part of a long line of demon-slayers in this Screen Gems adaptation of Cassandra Clare's first book in her series of best-selling novels. Lena… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 21, 2013
DVD Release Date: December 3, 2013
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Critic Score: 12% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones borrows ingredients from seemingly every fantasy franchise of the last 30 years -- but can't seem to figure out what to do with them.

Michael Sragow
Orange County Register

Every fantasy creature except zombies get a workout in this overstuffed spectacle about a teenage girl who discovers she has angelic blood in her veins.

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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous.

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John Fink
The Film Stage

The character development and story beats are quite predictable and that's the irony of Zwart's film: he's made a mundane movie for an audience of mundanes.

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Peter Keough
Boston Globe

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" plays like a "Scary Movie" parody.

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Simon Abrams

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" will make you yearn for more "Twilight" movies.

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Gabrielle Bondi
The Young Folks

It didn't help that the execution of the complex storyline was so messy and confusing that it was difficult to understand why the villain was doing what he was doing.

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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter

This desperate Twilight wannabe hits more than its own share of clunky notes.

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Randy Myers
San Jose Mercury News

Hollywood has more than enough high-caliber young adult lit to mine. Filmmakers should tap into richer human stories. We mere mortals would dearly appreciate it.

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Adam Ross
The Aristocrat

'Author' Cassandra Clare assumes that you have never seen a film or read a book in your entire life. She steals plot details from Star Wars, Harry Potter and Twilight and assumes that no one will notice. I did.

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Flixster Audience Score: 58% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I like science fiction, so I enjoyed most of the story. This movie does suffer from an un-understandable story line at times, and it is not that unique, but it… More
Christian C
Great action but the acting isn't really on an "immortal" level, if you know what I mean. (I really don't know how Jonathan Rhys Meyers… More
Nicki Marie
First of all, I haven't read the books, so I couldn't say if this is a good adaptation or not. Judging by the comments of those who have, I am going… More
Cynthia S.
I could not get Twilight out of my head while watching this...Forbidden love. Vampires. Werewolves. Teens. Come now. Enough already...
I happen to be a fan and own this series of books so I was a bit iffy on seeing the movie. As usual the movie doesn't play out as the book does but as it… More
Wildaly M
This movie is the mother of clichés and predictability. Too fomulaic. It's like a wanna-be Twilight only worse (if that's possible).