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Ten-year-old Meggie's father, Mo "Silvertongue" (played by Brendan Fraser -- the "Mummy" franchise, "Journey to the Center of the Earth"), has a wonderful talent: When he reads aloud, the characters literally come to life, an ability he discovered when several terrible creatures sprang to life while he read from the story Inkheart. Silvertongue not only read several wicked characters out of the book, but he also read her mother in! He has been struggling to bring her mother back -- and now the evil Capricorn (Golden Globe-nominee Andy Serkis - "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "King Kong") plans to find a way to steal this amazing power for his own dark plans. Also starring, Paul Bettany ("A Beautiful Mind," "Firewall"), Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Jim Broadbent ("Iris," TV's "Longford"), Eliza Bennett ("Nanny McPhee," "The Prince and Me") and Academy Award, Golden Globe and Emmy-winner Helen Mirren ("The Queen," TV's "Elizabeth I").
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 142
- Fresh: 55
- Rotten: 87
- Average Rating: 5.1/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Over and over again, characters in Inkheart wax eloquent on the power of books. But there's nothing in the movie as haunting or as compelling as the sound they make when they speak for themselves.
Rotten: Seemingly intended as a celebration of the power of books, it's an occasionally incoherent, sleep-inducing picture that reduces narrative to mere mechanics.
Rotten: A flea market of fairy tales and hocus-pocus, Inkheart makes as much sense as an inkblot.
Fresh: The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to watch.
Movie Failed To Deliver Passion The Book Did
I have read all three books of the Inkheart Trilogy (Inkheart, Inkspell, and Inkdeath). I was absolutely thralled when I heard they were making a movie to it! I watched it opening day and was SO disappointed. It wasn't that they took a lot out of the movie from the book, because actually, they really didn't. It was that the movie was so empty. I couldn't feel the passion I felt in the book. I felt excited, nervous, and scared while I read the book. I felt empty watching the movie. Plus, the casting for this movie was TERRIBLE. I absolutely cannot stand the girl they picked for Meggie. Seriously. Let's pick someone who can actually act, please! I really think they could have done so much more with the movie.
This movie is heartless. When I mean heartless I mean that they crushed the book by making a lousy story that wastes your money. In a simple way Book-good Movie-bad
Great but a few problems
O my goodness!!!! this is one of the best movies ever!!!!!!! I can't wait for May 5!!! I have the date on my desktop!!! The best part of this movie is the effects, the Shadow was awesome!!!! It was exactically how I imagined it! The worst part though was the ending...I'm sorry but Dustfinger should not have gone home, and Meggie's mom should not have gotten her voice back. If you are going to make a movie off a book, you should try and make it as accurate as possible and they kind of messed up at the end. All in all I highly recommend this movie!!! Just read the book first...
- Genre: Action & Adventure
- Released: 2009
- © Copyright 2009 New Line Productions, Inc.