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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)



Critic 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.

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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 Headey and Jonathan Rhys Meyers head up the rest of the starring cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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Robert Maillet
as Blackwell
Kevin Durand
as Pangborn
Lena Headey
as Jocelyn
Godfrey Gao
as Magnus Bane
CCH Pounder
as Dorothea
Jemima West
as Isabelle
Harry Van Gorkum
as Alaric/Werewolf
Stephen R. Hart
as Brother Jeremiah
Chad Connell
as Lambert
Elyas M'Barek
as The Vampire Leader
Matthew Cheng
as Magnus' Bouncer
Carlos Gonzalez-Vio
as Vampire Henchman
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Critic Reviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (36)

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.

August 22, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This is film-making at its most cynical. But none of it actually makes much sense.

August 22, 2013 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

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

August 22, 2013 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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

August 22, 2013 | Full Review…

This tired mulch of fantasy clichés is hampered by its regressive attitude towards its plucky heroine.

August 22, 2013 | Rating: 1/5

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

August 22, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

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 is fun when Clary finds out what she is.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

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 to say probably not. I did manage to sit through the whole thing, but it wore it's welcome out by a good forty minutes. Cast are fine, story had potential, but was silly. Then again it's not a favourite genre of mine to start with. I have seen the Twilight movies and wasn't impressed past the first two. This just seemed cliched past those. Cheesy as all hell, but not romantic enough to get away with it. Really am getting fed up with these "fantasy" movies and books.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer


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 goes, that's normal. I think those who haven't read the book might not actually get everything that is happening and might be a bit confused and probably won't like it as much as those who have. It's always hard when a book or a series is being turned into movies because you just don't want to be disappointed. I was iffy about the actors and the director but in the end I actually really enjoyed it. I thought all of the actors did a great job and I only found one or two scenes to be a bit cheesy. But some cheese is to be expected in films like these. I hope the rest of the books get a chance to see the big screen. I would really like to see how the rest of the films turn out.


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