Inkheart Reviews

  • The story is a whirl, a jumble, an effusion -- sometimes flowing smoothly, other times jerking along as if the filmmaker has been given advice he resents regarding pacing and the balance of sweetness and danger.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A movie that can produce the image of Helen Mirren astride a unicorn has some claim on the audience's interest, and a movie that can make that image seem perfectly uninteresting is in some serious trouble.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • CGI fantasy adventures in the post-Potter, young-adult, old-child mode are not quite my taste, but this one is likably boisterous, and Iain Softley directs with flair.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Much is made of the magic of literature in Inkheart, but the joys of losing yourself in reading are undermined by the movie's barrage of special effects and a convoluted plot.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Inkheart illustrates an obvious problem with making a movie about the joys of reading when the movie made is labored and sludgy looking: Why bother seeing it if you can stay home and read a book instead?

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It all smacks of that overdone 'passion for literature' common in English teachers who send any healthy-minded kid running from books.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • A kids' adventure movie can be a lot of things -- wild and woolly, loosey-goosey, full of foolishness -- but they should never be shabby. And that's the best word for Inkheart.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Inkheart may not be rotten to the core -- instead of maggots, the fantasy adventure seethes with good intentions -- but the overripeness of its special effects can't be overstated.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The film's storybook Alpine vistas are lovely to behold, and bits of humor pop out in welcome moments. Other than that, it never quite springs to life as intended -- not in your kitchen, and not on screen.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Much of this comes across as a labor of love, with a classy cast frolicking in Iain Softley's whimsical direction of a lushly imagined adaptation by David Lindsay-Abaire.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • No child seeing Inkheart will ever want to be read to again.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Inkheart was a busy, crowded, hugely successful book to start with....the film version retains nearly all of author Cornelia Funke's story complications. It's a mixed bag and a serious load for a movie to carry.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • It's handsomely mounted, with supporting turns by Helen Mirren as the girl's flinty aunt and Jim Broadbent as the author of the book that caused so much fuss.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The overqualified cast gives its all, but logical lapses and sober-sided direction siphon off the fun.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Even if it can't quite conjure up the movie magic it intends, Inkheart does serve as public service announcement promoting literacy. And as such, your kids could do a lot worse at the cineplex.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Inkheart is entertaining enough, if not always easy to follow. And if it does nothing else, at least it may inspire kids to read, if for no other reason than to help make sense of it all.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A brisk, overstuffed adaptation of Cornelia Funke's international bestseller.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • A flea market of fairy tales and hocus-pocus, Inkheart makes as much sense as an inkblot.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • While we can appreciate the decent effects, the bang-up settings and a good cast, we can only hope they got some sight-seeing in on their days off. Whatever magic there was on this shoot is probably in their home movies.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

Top Movies