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City of Ember

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Gil Kenan

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About the Movie

For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 124
  • Fresh: 66
  • Rotten: 58
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Except for watching Bill Murray get attacked by a giant mole (something unique in Billy boy's career so far) this sci-fi fantasy aimed at kids feels wan and warmed over. – Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Even if it occasionally goes off course, City of Ember provides audiences with a thought-provoking and family-friendly adventure. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Oct 18, 2008

Fresh: The story, based on Jeanne Duprau's novel of the same name, is beautifully constructed. It builds until it reaches the point that it's one edge-of-your-seat moment after another. – Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle, Oct 18, 2008

Rotten: It's an unfortunate end to a promising movie. – Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Love this movie!

I honestly don't see why everyone hates this movie so much! I've seen the movie and read the books, they're both wonderful! Unlike many movies based off of books, The City of Ember portrayed its book self very well! If you enjoyed the book, which most people have, it's most likely you will equally enjoy this movie! If not, I bet you'll still enjoy it!

I dont get why everyone is complaining

i saw this movie with my mom the other night, and we both thought it was really good. there are better movies out there, but thats not saying much. i thought it was well done; the under-world set was amazing. i read the book about 2 years ago. i dont remember much about it, but i could follow the plot line of this movie just fine. i honestly dont see what everyones complaining about.


It was a great movie but I guess is was harder to understand if you didn't read the book. I read them so it made more sense.

City of Ember
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Kids & Family
  • Released: 2008

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