*** Official THE LOVELY BONES Review Thread

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Had the opportunity to see an advance screener of this film.

    I must say I was disappointed...probably because I never
    read the book.

    The film is well made, has the signature look of a Peter
    Jackson film with a few moments of good suspense built-in,
    but overall, I found the film to be overly silly in its depiction
    of the netherworld. Unfortunately, the film is overburdened
    with this silliness to the point that I found it distracting.

    Not an overly bad movie, but certainly a step backward
    for this monumental Director.
     
  2. Jeff Adkins

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    While I normally agree with the general consensus of critics on most films, I have to differ here. This film is getting panned pretty bad, and I have to disagree. Perhaps it's far too different from recent Peter Jackson efforts (although quite similar in some aspects to one of his earlier films, Heavenly Creatures). I can't really understand why this film is so disliked. Granted, I went in with low expectations based on the reviews, but I really enjoyed this film. The performances of Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci were outstanding.

    I have not read the book that film is adapted from, so I can't comment on how true it is to the original story. I found the story compelling and feel Jackson did a great job with the "limbo" visuals. I'd give it 8/10.
     
  3. Patrick Sun

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    I think this film is about 20 minutes too long, as it unravels the death of

    Susie Salmon, a 14 year old girl who goes missing, but Susie appears to be

    stuck in some form of purgatory and with almost ghost-like aspirations in

    revisting the real world for her unsolved murder. It's sort of muddy when

    we are subjected to Susie's voiceovers, and the subplot involving her

    father's search for possible murderers seems almost like an exaggerated

    after-thought (meaning I just never felt the film paid enough respect to the

    father's quest for Susie's murderer, as it kept floating back to Susie's own

    internal monologue of sorts). That being said, there are some fine moments

    of suspense and a helluva money shot, it's just too bad it felt like there

    was just too much meandering in the midsection.
    I give it 2.5 stars or a grade of C+.
     
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    This thread is now the Official Review Thread for "The Lovely Bones". Please post all HTF member reviews in this thread.

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  5. Brett_M

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    My sentiments exactly. I also agree with Jeff Adkins. The performances of Saoirse Ronan and Stanley Tucci were outstanding.
     

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