Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Reviews

  • Olaf is a threat to the children, one who just won't go away; Carrey's biggest threat is that he'll never stop clowning around.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • A Series of Unfortunate Events suffers from one of the most grievous maladies that can strike a children's film, notably a regrettable tendency to fill in all the quiet with noise.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Though the movie is a literate adventure story, the series' dark tone is lightened up in the film just enough to make one yearn for the darkly twisted witticisms and pervasive anxiety that made Handler's books uniquely appealing.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • The visuals are dark and ominous without getting totally terrifying -- the characters feel real, but their environment is off-kilter enough to remind you that this world is one of imagination.

    Jennifer Frey — Washington Post

  • I daresay most viewers will enjoy themselves. I already look forward to the next one.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • The movie, like the books, flatters children's innate sense that the world is not a perfect place and that anyone who insists otherwise is trying to sell you something.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Against all odds it delights, using a compact script (by Robert Gordon), creative storytelling and the ripe comedic talents of a prodigious cast to transform written word into a near-perfect cinematic entity.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The imaginatively cast, gorgeously designed movie has moments of wry wit and oddball charm. But its lumpish plot reinforces the suspicion that solid storytelling is no longer a Hollywood priority.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • The movie is crammed with Tim Burton-style desolation, foreboding and technological anachronism.

    Michael Booth — Denver Post

  • I think this one is a tune-up for the series, a trial run in which they figure out what works and what needs to be tweaked.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Exceptionally clever, hilariously gloomy and bitingly subversive.

    Robert K. Elder — Chicago Tribune

  • Episodic but entertaining.

    Hank Sartin — Chicago Reader

  • No praise is too high for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, who leeches the color out of Rick Heinrichs' spectacular sets so that the film looks like a lost masterpiece of German expressionism or a cherished nightmare of Tim Burton.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Helping mitigate the fear factor is the movie's smart-alecky attitude.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • [It] may be the best live-action children's film of the year, a woven series of dark fairy tales that are witty and inventive enough for all ages.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Carrey has proven that when he's on, he's more creative than anyone out there. And he's on as Count Olaf, Snicket's principle villain

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • (Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events movie review at Variety)

    Dennis Harvey — Variety

  • As with the first two Harry Potter entries, A Series of Unfortunate Events ultimately feels like the triumph of literal-mindedness over lyricism. It also has a hollow emotional core.

    Scott Foundas — Variety

  • A lavishly mounted blockbuster that has little personality of its own except on a purely visual level.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • There's little, very little, at all unfortunate about it.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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