The Lovely Bones (2009)
Critic Consensus: It's stuffed full of Peter Jackson's typically dazzling imagery, but The Lovely Bones suffers from abrupt shifts between horrific violence and cloying sentimentality.
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as Jack Salmon
as Abigail Salmon
as Susie Salmon
as George Harvey
as Grandma Lynn
as Len Fenerman
as Lindsey Salmon
as Buckley Salmon
as Ray Singh
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Critic Reviews for The Lovely Bones
Under the hammy direction of Peter Jackson The Lovely Bones has lost its poetic bone structure. What was a complex, quirky novel has been turned into a movie mishmash of Lord of the Rings and High School Musical, with a serial killer thrown in.
Instead of a compelling nightmare, he has created a bland, girly-sparkly dream.
It's an extraordinary folly. A turkey, a pig's ear, a mad cow of a film. Its treatment of bereavement and familial grief is crazier than anything Lars Von Trier came up with in Antichrist.
The delicacy and finely-wrought characterisation of Alice Sebold's novel has been removed in favour of a beyond-the-grave whodunit, subtlety be damned.
Jackson seems more at home in the afterlife than in this one, rendering this off-kilter project creepy and pretentious.
Audience Reviews for The Lovely Bones
It pains me to see this huge mistake made by Peter Jackson, a ridiculous blend of contrived thriller, unconvincing drama and pathetic afterlife fantasy full of self-indulgent CGI effects - and even worse is the despicable way that it wants us to accept the murder of a 14-year-old girl as part of life.
The Lovely Bones it's a dazzling and beautiful way to see another side of a murder. The boring and exhausting screenplay, with a cliche teen romance, a strange girl (this character is almost always in a teen movie) and the running time, just get worse Peter Jackson's sentimentalist movie. The strong tension and violence with the appellative dramatic scenes doesn't have a good chemistry in the script. Almost everything don't make The Lovely Bones a, at least, nice film to watch, the only great and sincere thing in whole picture is the outstanding performance by Stanley Tucci, a very good actor that just now is recognized by the Academy. Rotten.
Although this isn't really a horror for me still it's classified under horror. I can understand that some people will find it gruesome due the subject but I must say that it had no drip of red stuff in it. Not that that is important, just look at Texas Chainsaw or Halloween, they were bloodless too. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this creepy flick. It reminded me a lot of The Loved Ones somehow, it must be the use of slow motion and the score. On the other hand it also reminded me of Heavenly Creatures by the way they used the dream sequences. It's a special flick coming from the hand of Peter Jackson. Knowing him for splatter and gore in his earlier days this could be a let down for some but I really liked it the way it was shot and the use of CGI didn't bother me at all. Not for everyone but if you can stand weird flicks than this won't be a problem for you. 3 1/2 Stars 4-6-13
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