not quite the same as i remember the book being but still a great movie. brilliant cinematography.
So disappointing after thoroughly enjoying the book. The true essence of the book was completely lost. The movie didn't make much sense at all
Well it wasn't terrible but The Lovely Bones is the worst misinterpretation of a novel ever! Alice Sebold must be fuming. Peter Jackson takes out all the softness and beauty of the novel and replaces it with a Willy Wonka-like after life complete with wacky music montage. He also throws in a totally inappropriate kooky Susan Sarandon music interlude that is SO out of place I nearly stopped watching. Yes it's a sad tale but over use of special effects isn't going to stop it being any less sad. I've given it 3 star for Saorsie Ronan who is absolutely sublime as Suzy Salmon. The overriding message of the movie is still there though - never let you teen go anywhere with a man they don't know - even if it is your neighbour.
Very good movie. Made me feel a bit flat at the end as I have a daughter.....but I recommend this movie
Shallow, syrupy, superficial and pretentious to the extreme, even if technically well made. Is this what 'quality' cinema has become? God help the rest of us, then!
brilliant movie, very sad but gripping story line
A good film, without being great!
A very impressive piece of film making. Loved the strong emotional connections between the characters. Loved the suspense. Loved the visual treatment of the in-between afterlife which gave such a powerful sense of Susie Salmon being 'stuck' and of her inability to affect 'real' events except through concentrated emotion. A great cast particularly Saoirse Ronan & Stanley Tucci. Many U.S. critics said the film mis-interpreted the book. Not having read the book I can't make a comparison but I suspect Peter Jackson pisses the parochial Yanks off simply because he isn't one.
This is a really interesting concept for a movie. Bitter sweet story, but kept me watching until the end. Good cast and well written (must read the book now!) It was slightly odd in places but it worked.
Oh dear. Peter Jackson manages to turn an over-hyped book into an even less deserving film. Any film with a narrative like The Lovely Bones should pack an emotional punch, at the very least. Instead we get the cinematic equivalent of fairy-floss with some rather odd depictions of the afterlife and an increasingly dazed looking Mark Wahlberg thrown in for good measure. Some good performances from Tucci and Ronan can't stop this one drowning in it's own syrupy sentimentality.
i really enjoyed this title, (bit tear-jerky at times) but allround very thought provoking, not boring and kept you wondering (i thought). I compare this to the likes of 'what dreams may come', (sort of). This title tends to have same traits (storyline). Overall very enjoyable watch and is recomended (for adults of course)
Loved this movie even though it was really sad and a bit spooky..great acting by the lead character..highly recommend.
Not what I expected......thought it would be more gritty......the special effects parts were just strange!!
Overall it was ok - it romanticised her death a little too much and we felt this took away from the raw emotion of the movie. It would have been better without all the special (and somewhat silly) effects and just concentrate on the family's grief with her voiceover.
Excellent movie - probably the best I have seen
Didn't find it very exciting. Easy way to pass an hour or so though
Really enjoyable watching, different,
Sorry, not a great movie, way too sad.
Thought I would not last through it but it kept my atention all the way through.
It is quite well done
I liked the dignity of this film. No gory sensationalism, even though it is about a murder. Excellent.
Beautifully creative in showing "the other side". Can see Spielberg's influence in that department. Well casted and great performances all round. Emotions were easily activated in this clever produiction. You think that you know what will happen next??...Well think again.
Not a particularly original premise, but an original story and well written and acted making it enjoyable for me.
good movie enjoyed it keeps you thinking
I was surprised to find out Peter Jackson directed this. It's a beautifully and artfully directed movie. The topic is awful with a truly chilling villain, made all the more so because of a very classy decision not to show too much. I was really dreading having to see any morbid details but it was tastefully left out. Less is definitely more!
Fabulous acting from everyone and a very touching movie.
Not the sort of film we would watch. I enjoyed it for what it was and the storyline was interesting. We tend to prefer movies based on real life experiences. None the less we enjoyed the movie.
A good movie. Nice special effects and a bit creepy in some parts but makes you wonder what is on the other side.
Stanley Tucci was nominated for an Oscar for his role, but I think Saoirse Ronan should have been for hers. She doesn't do the typical, cliched "child actor" things other children do (too-obviously-fake sobs when crying, difficulty making sustained eye contact in scenes). She really conveyed every different emotion to me convincingly. I thought the special effects were beautiful. I don't believe in any kind of afterlife, but I still got lost in the "hereafter" concept. And Mark Wahlberg was palatable for a change...actually quite moving as the grieving father.
Best movie I have seen in ages. And made all the better by the great soundtrack - Elizabeth Fraser, what a voice.
An interesting & slightly whimiscal look at what happens to a teenage girl after being killed by a child molester. Great acting, gripping scenery and watch out for a shot with Peter Jackson in it.
This movie really touched me. Surreal and haunting, evil juxtaposed against sweetness and love. Must admit I shed a tear or two. Worth watching.
Great movie, not too scary for the pre-teens.
Nicely made, spooky child murder.
Loved it. Was a great story.
Very beautiful movie - sad but not at all depressing. Very true to the book, in fact I enjoyed the movie better
A bit 'far-fetched' for my liking.
it was pretty good, not awesome but watchable.
Great movie, nice story line cleverly written, enjoyed the little girl
again yes 3 1/2 starts . ok
This movie was tedious. It introduced characters but failed to provide characterisation and left a lot of loose ends. I hated the end - it felt unresolved as if the balance wasn't restored.
The movie had some beautiful moments but the use of CGI heaven sequences was a bit too much for me...
This movie is apparently based on a best selling book. How that book ever sold more than 2 copies is beyond me. This movie was not at all my cup of tea - lots of stuff about the murdered girl going to heaven. The storyline itself, about the murderer wasn't so bad, but all the supernatural stuff made it really awful.
Awful to think this stuff happens
A beautiful and vivacious 14 year old girl vanishes (she is murderd) on her way home. But she enters a world were other victims are. She can see what goes on in the real world. Great acting.
Not a lot of content to this movie
I quite liked this film both for the content and the way it was filmed. the lead actor was excellent. I agree w the rating below. The hereafter and super natural are not really my thing but the different way people deal with loss was well portrayed. The material was moving, in places amusing and there was some suspense too.
wow what an overated steaming pile of bones
I can pretty much watch anything, but this has had to have been by far the most boring film I have ever sat through. I can't believe I actually wasted 2 hours of my life that I will never get back. I love Peter Jackson and Mark Wahlberg and kept watching, waiting and hoping that it would suddenly get better, alas!!!
An excellent adaptation of the original book. It was moving, tense and whimsical in equal measure. Not a light hearted story by any measure, but dealt with beautifully.
Quite a good movie although there have been a few movies that ran off this idea
Ending didn't quite make sense.
Loved the actress who played Suzie Salmon.
I was disappointed with the ending, as it doesn't delve into what happened to the perpetrator based on the evidence Susie's Sister finds. In any case, I really do love the Movie and its imagery and story telling...
Wonderful movie - the mixture of fantasy and reality enhance the journey. If you want to feel something, or see a movie outside the usual formula, then see this. Incredibly sad that there are people like this in the world, ripping goodness and innocence out of it.
This film leaves you with an uneasy feeling - it can be quite disturbing to watch. I thought that it was repetitive in places and overstated the obvious in others. Those sequences in "purgatory" were stunning but too long and tedious. I thought Peter Jackson was too self-indulgent at times. A good film editor could have tightened this movie and made it great.
I really enjoyed this flick! Very emotive.
A powerful and scary move. Couldn't get it out of my head for days, it really played on my mind as a parent!
As a parent of two youjnjg ones, I just couldn't bring myself to watch too far into the movie...maybe in the daytime?
Intriguing film, with such different treatment, the use of cgi (visually wonderful) for "purgatory", as the place where the dead girl stays before she can move on to a higher plane, Her voice narrating and telling her story in the beginning of the film, after she has been murdered. The film is interestingly interwoven with the points of view of the family and the dead girl in purgatory and them both trying to connect and resolve the situation before they can all move on with the "new lives". There ares some strange scenes that perhaps weren't necessary, and that you have to wonder about, but overall a well crafted film in all respects, and visually beautiful. Provokes a lot of thoughts and questions. Recommended viewing.
loved it, if you are spirtiual open to emotions it will be well worth your while, i found some of the heaven sequences a bit out there, however, i guess we all have different ideas on life after death, probably the best movie i rented in 2010, i was in the mood for it couldnt recommend it more
One word, horrible! I have never seen a movie that has made me feel that bad. R
I've not read the book but I enjoyed this film. Saoirse Ronan was excellent in this role, and the portrayal of Heaven was an interesting one. the dynamic of a family dealing with the disappearance of their daughter is well presented, the character of Susan's sister was excellent.
beautiful movie with actors that made you believe. I cried throughout the movie and even had to go check on my sleeping 2-year old a few times. This movie will stay in my mind for years. Now I need to go get the book I think.
I really enjoyed this movie as much as the book. I cried through most of it, it was almost too sad to keep watching
A strange new approach to the telling of a such a story with moments of deep suspense and "look behind you" impulses. A thought-provoking movie that drew me in and held me even tho I disliked the child murderer theme. Grief and its consequences, time passages and mystery all depicted in an honest and truthful manner. Excellent and believable acting became invisible. Recommended to thoughtful minds.
i watch the movie with my 16 yearold daughter and we love the way the movie was told
The ending was a bit disappointing.
Too drawn out and terrible ending.
Lovely engaging film. very sad, cried all the way through it! The Actor who played Mr Harvey deserved an Oscar, what a creepy man!
Amazingly powerful movie. Those who are not impressed with this gentle and lovely story are expecting something different. I loved it so much I bought the book.
this movie was so sad, i felt the movie was crap but the story line was so sad i cried.... i watched the whole movie and was jus horrified with the ending bit, it's a movie too watch so you would have a certain perspective of how people can be like that live near you... Trust noone even if they live or known you for years... its still might happen to you or some one you love...
Deals with dealing with grief but unsatisfying resolution to the criminal and the crime/
the most visually beautiful movie I have seen in a long time. Whilst the story is heart wrenching, the protrayal of the young girl murdered on her journey to acceptance is amazing.
Interesting to see how others view the 'passing over' transition. Unpredicted ending; but a good one!
Oscure, interesting, thought provoking - not for those who have nightmares.
This has probably been the most disappointing movie that I have seen so far with respect to expectations and actual viewing. Parts of it were just random while as far as the plot goes it didn't really get to the 'forgiveness' stage but at the same time there was no satisfying revenge scenario, escpecially once the extent of his doings was revealed. Very disappointing.
movie got stuck on 2 occassions and I could'nt enjoy watching this movie.
don't want a replacement.
Dissapointed on many levels with the movie.
Was really disappointed in this movie, rather weird, expected better, glad I didnt waste money seeing it at the movies.
Murder is an unpleasant subject, this film however was handled tastefully, even elegantly. Wonderful acting, by ALL the cast!... Lovely, sensitive young actress playing "Susie Salmon" portrayed the emotions too well. Beautiful sets
Absolutely LOVED this movie!!! Smart, dramatic - Stanley Tucci at his best!!!
i really enjoyed it, thrilling always kept me interested.
Didn't like it at all. Waste of a movie rental. I thought what should have been a wonderfully sensitive narrative became rubbish when translated onto the movie screen. The scenes of her in "heaven" made me stop the DVD as it became ridiculous. Would not recommend this movie at all.
Really enjoyed this thrilling movie
Great acting and a well made movie but the plot just didn't do anything for me. I was always waiting for something to happen and was let down. I got the deeper message to this story but if I blinked at the wrong time I would have missed it.
Bizarre - this movie didn't work for me - very slow moving too, was tempted to turn it off but persevered to the end - hated it!
Oh really? Does anyone believe this might actually happen?
A very poor movie... if you have the time to waste do something else. American middle class emotional rubbish. No stars!
Excellent movie that made me cry but was so moving and gave a beautiful picture of life after death.Was really hoping they`d find the body in the end but hey,that would be too predictable.Would highly recommend tissues close by.
movie intriguing concept emotional. i enjoyed this as it was close to the heart. parts where a little over done but didnt sway the effect or meaning of the movie. well worth the time to watch it bring tissues i think you will need them.
Too slow for me ,drawn out
One of those books I haven't got around to reading so I had no trouble enjoying the film. Would have liked it without the effects.
Awesome movie! Don't forget the box of tissues, you'll need them.
Kept our interest until the end.
I found this a very interesting DVD as it had all the emotions in it,sadness,love,joy and a glimpse of what heaven may look like.I found it quite good and well made and I watched it twice.
Enjoyed this film even though it felt a little disjointed and didn't seem to flow as well as it could have. Extremely sad story but even a sook like me barely shed a tear which makes me want to read the book as I've heard it is a very emotional read. The movie is worth a watch although it didn't hit the heart-strings as much as I expected.
get rid of the parts that remind you of hippies (suzie's perspective from in between worlds)
I loved the book and was looking forward to loving the movie.
What I wasn't expecting was a Magical Mystery Tour of heaven. In the sublime book, Susie is looking earthwards, watching her family from wherever she is, making achingly beautiful observations about the lives of her family and gaining insights she never had while alive. In the movie, her perspective is heaven focussed and we are forced to sit through interminable sequences which reveal that being dead is being stuck in an afterlife that looks like it was designed by Willy Wonka.
Somehow Peter Jackson as turned a touching and soulful glimpse into the beauty of the ordinary and the familiar into a technicolour travelogue for heaven.
I will be doing all I can to block out these images and to remember the book that I read and loved.
Very interesting concept for the movie. Reminds me of a movie with Robyn Williams and Cuba Gooding Jnr. Pity it could create copy-cat killers, or give people ideas about it. The bad guy got it in the end, thank goodness. Good acting by all concerned. Worth a watch if you are a Peter Jackson fan.
I was disappointed, it was not what I was expecting
If you are religious or otherwise believer in fantasy then this movie is for you. Otherwise don't bother. Even without the supernatural the story lacks credibility. It is well enough acted however. Its really an adults kids movie. Not my cup of tea. Was expecting something deeper and more thoughtful and not so superficial.
I loved this movie, I thought it was so sad but is a situation that started years and years ago, and will continue on forever and ever, which is also sad. I do not really get into movies about the hereafter as I find them too involved, but I thought it was a movie that I could follow easily. It was a pity they did not find her body, but in the end, the bad person got his "just deserts", which should and usually happens, even in real life.
This film was lucky I even gave it one star. It earned the star because it managed to get me to watch the whole thing through to the end out of gross fascination to see how they would finish it. Of course once it was over I was left feeling annoyed that I watched any of it at all. I found it hard to sympathise with the little girl because I found her character irritating. The film relied heavily on symbolism and it was executed poorly. I don't even have words to describe this abomination. Please don't watch it if you have children as it will only leave you feeling warped.
I found the movie a bit had to follow in some segments where it was really slow, otherwise it was a good storyline, found the ending a bit disappointing with how the "baddy" dies.
Yet another movie that fails to live up to the book. It could have been so much more.....If only Peter Jackson had paid more attention the story and less trying to 'wow" audiences, then it could have been so much better. Very disappointing.
This film was well done. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone that hasn't seen the film yet, I highly recommend this film if you like drama that leaves a big lump in your throat.
This apparently got great reviews. I found it very unsatisfying and strange. Something was really missing in this...weird.....
I'm sorry, but Peter Jackson must have been on drugs when he directed this. The movie has no soul at all. I should have cared about this poor girl but I couldn't get past the awful plot set up which makes little sense. The characters are boring, nothing seems realistic at all - Peter Jackson even makes quite an obvious and self indulgent 'cameo' for what seemed a eternity in a scene at a cemera shop.. I was angry that I paid money to see this in a cinema, if I'd just watched it on TV for free I would have just turned it off after ten minutes.
I was disappointed in this movie, all the best bits were shown in the trailer. It could have been so much better.
The book is apparently better then the movie, but I enjoyed the movie excluding the parts were she is dancing on a circle made from grass in a hippy dress which makes this film a little childish considering that she is 14 years old in the movie. The acting was good the story line was strange but good the movie had an everything worked out even though the family did nothing kind of ending.
I enjoyed this movie, sad story about a 14yr old girl who gets murdered - yes there are parts that shoud have been taken out, parts that were stupid and didn't need to be in there but overall it was a good movie - I think it is worth a watch - especially if you have children - instill the stranger danger !
Disappointed when I missed it at the movies and was excited to receive through Quickflix.
Enjoyed every minute. Very different but well done.
Really awesome movie. Does justice to the book quite well. A must see.
A beautiful depiction of a fathers love for his daughter, such lovely presentation of such a horrific tale. Certainly one I'll be adding to my own personal collection.
Nice movie but the book was so much better! Worth a watch though
interesting movie, about a young girl who gets murdered by a neighbour, and is not quite ready to go on her long journey to the other place till she settles human emotions of her family and close male friend when she has achieved her mission she is happy to move on
I read the book a few years ago and totally loved it. The movie isn't as good as the book (I find the happens a lot with movies made from books), but it's still emotional. I'd recommend you read the book and then watch the movie.
I thought this was a very beautifully filmed piece of work, and really enjoyed it. Visually and musically stunning, but the big stars of the film had little to do next to Saoirse Ronan.
Hmmm, im not sure if i liked it or was dissapointed. The book was great however the translation onto screen left alot to be desired. Mark Wahlbergs acting for me was the saving grace, he stole the show! I found the flicking between reality and not very annoying, yet its the basis of the story. Left unsure but it was worth watching once. Second half does improve.
You really have to see it to believe it. The worst most cheesy scenes, drawn out for what seemed hours. Everything you could think of wrong with a movie was wrong with this.
Peter Jackson can only direct hobbits b/c the poor humans in this had nothing to work with. The script was woeful, there was no plot. No character development. The editing was ridiculous and didn't make any relevance to telling a story. There was a story there but Peter Jackson failed to actually tell one which seems like the basic point of film making. The CGI was pointless and so over done you felt like smashing the tv.
We have read the book and found this to be quite a faithful adaptation. It is not an easy movie to watch though, with many scenes disturbing and confronting in equal measure. Strong performance from Soarise Ronan and a good effort from Mark Wahlberg. Found Rachel Weisz was under-utilised and Susan Sarandon a bit over the top. An original story beautifully shot. Stanley Tucci is incredibly creepy as Mr Harvey and could not believe this was the same man that was so likeable as Julia's husband in "Julie and Julia".
I didnt like this movie. I thought it was a waste of time. I waited and waited for this to movie..but i waited for nothing. I like sad movies, but this movie was not sad.
This movie made me sad. Not because of the story, but because of Peter Jackson's demolition of it. If you've read the book - don't see this disappointment of a movie. I've been a big fan of PJ's work in the past but it's almost as if he decided to use up his budget with his overblown and completely unnecessary CGI depiction of the "in-between" - the place where the story's narrator is trapped while she looks down on her family fracturing and re-connecting following her murder. The constant shifting back to the in-between and the self-indulgent lengths of these scenes removes any sense of narrative flow and fails to add to the story. One of the worst films I've seen in a long time for the sheer conceit and lack of restraint shown by the film-maker.
This should have - could have - been so much better. The performances were solid, especially Saoirse Ronan as Susie Salmon and Stanley Tucci as Mr Harvey. Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz weren't given enough material to develop their characters, unfortunately, and the wild grandmother character, played by Susan Sarandon, was almost incidental in the movie, but was much more detailed in the book.
One star from me. And that's being generous.
A great movie, one of the best I,ve seen in a while . Its sad , beautiful, touching and the ending is very satisfying for a change. The supernatural aspect is handled in a different way to usual menacing murder scene without the gore, o0r even ther murder. loved it. worth seeing .
Very moving film about how a family copes or does not cope with the tragic murder of a child/sibling seen through the eyes of the murdered child.
A bit fractured in places , I have no real concept of what Susan Sarandon's part as the grandmother was really . Or maybe I just missed something .
Well worth a watch though.
This is a truely amazeing movie, I had to get up and watch it again next morning. . . not a true murder mystery as you know from the first few scenes who the murder is, it is the heartbreaking story of how family