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The Lovely Bones

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Peter Jackson

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About the Movie

Based on the best selling book by Alice Sebold, "The Lovely Bones" is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 233
  • Fresh: 73
  • Rotten: 160
  • Average Rating: 5.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Jackson seems more at home in the afterlife than in this one, rendering this off-kilter project creepy and pretentious. – Tom Charity,, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Most often, Jackson's magical other world resembles the land of Oz on steroids or, in one scene, a feminine hygiene ad. – Randy Myers, San Jose Mercury News, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Jackson's grand, computer-generated vision of Susie's Dali-like "in between," while occasionally gorgeous, leaves the viewer feeling stuck between two worlds, too. The story suffers. – Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Some books should stay between their covers, and The Lovely Bones may well be one of them. – Rick Groen, Globe and Mail, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

At Best You Might Feel a Whisper...

The Lovely Bones is the most beautiful film I've seen in many years (by now, I've seen it 5 times in theatres). There's something about the little moments in this film that moves me every time I watch it - I find myself anticipating "what comes next" scene by scene. There is heartbreaking beauty found here - the cinematography hauntingly captures the essence of Susie's story (Susie running along the beach in the in-between, the birds flying over the river as Susie lets go of life on Earth) and Brian Eno's poignant music stirs heartstrings somewhere deep inside the human soul. Susie Salmon, that iconic yet deeply affecting 14 year old girl, is the spirit that keeps this story alive. Stanley Tucci once said "you will be carried through this film by her (referring to Saoirse Ronan, who plays Susie)." And I was. The Lovely Bones will take your breath away...

I never read the book

Don't read the book, the book is awful, the movie is wonderful.
Just kidding!. Don't you just hate it when people think you need to hear about them reading a book.
"Look at me, I read a book, don't you think I'm smart?"
Books and movies are different animals.


I loved this book and was so happy to see it come to the big screen I missed in theaters and was so happy to see it on itunes this morning. This is really a great movie and book.