The Pagemaster
The Pagemaster (1994)

This animated fantasy, featuring Macauly Culkin, opens the world of books to younger viewers. The film begins in live action and quickly switches to animation. Richard is a fearful little boy until an odd librarian sends him on a magical… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: November 23, 1994
DVD Release Date: May 28, 2002
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Critic Score: 18% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Brian Lowry

Built on a wispy premise better suited to the realm of TV, The Pagemaster plays like a slickly produced afternoon special.

Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A splendidly original children's fantasy about the world of books.

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Alex Orner
Common Sense Media

Weak Macaulay Culkin fantasy with some cartoon violence.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

Mediocre, really, this mixture of real actors and animation.

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James Berardinelli

This clever, often engaging, and always fast-paced motion picture uses the visual medium to encourage its viewers to reach out with their imagination.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Weak Macaulay Culkin fantasy with some cartoon violence.

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Caryn James
New York Times

A pallid film framed at the start and finish by live action and mostly composed of cheap-looking animation.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A sad and dreary film.

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TV Guide

The film rests on its initial ingenuity and fails to develop the concept in interesting or surprising ways.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
All The Adventure Your Imagination Can Hold. Not a great or horrible movie! The beginning of this movie is excellent with tremendous sound and some nice… More
Marc Lewis
(Relativley short review) Like "A Troll in Central Park", "The Pagemaster" is a family movie that most will hate, but I actually like. I… More
Michael Edwards
Kids will like it and the animation is nice, plus some good acting, but overall its not the most memorable animated film made
KJ Proulx
Alright, I'll admit, I shouldn't like it as much as I do, but I don't care what everyone else thinks. I think this movie is great!
Aj V
A fantastic fantasy adventure for kids. Culkin gets turned into a cartoon and has to find his way back home from the book lands, and find his courage along the… More
Drew Smith
I remember going to see this when it first came brother and father and I were the only people in the theater. Watching it again fifteen years later… More