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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Harald Zwart

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About the Movie

Based on the Best-Selling series by Cassandra Clare. Clary's life is turned upside down when her mother is kidnapped and it's revealed that she and her mother are actually shadowhunters - billed with protecting the world from downworlders such as vampires, werewolves and demons. Clary must discover her talents and save her mother.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 120
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 105
  • Average Rating: 3.9/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: This desperate Twilight wannabe hits more than its own share of clunky notes. – Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter, Aug 22, 2013

Rotten: An almost random collection of sexy-supernatural teen signifiers aimed at squeezing the penultimate dollars out of a declining trend. – Andrew O'Hehir,, Aug 21, 2013

Rotten: It desperately gathers cliches like a teen fantasy Frankenstein that doesn't realize its secret identity: parody. – Jake Coyle, Associated Press, Aug 21, 2013

Rotten: Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous. – Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, Aug 22, 2013

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Customer Reviews

Great Movie !

Forget rotten tomatoes this movie was good !

Pre-Ordering this Instant!

This movie was beyond my expectations!!
With recent book-to-movie adaptations such as The Lightning Thief and The Hunger Games being below my expectations my hopes were not high for this movie. What I had to realize a few months ago is that they can't follow the book to the word because it would be impossible.
Here are some differences I can remember:
Jocelyn doesn't mention going to Luke's farmhouse
The Demon in pandemonium that gets killed is the person that lets Clary and Simon into the club
The Hodge fiasco isn't well explained at all but from reading the book I know what's going on
Hodge gives Valentine the idea of making Jace and Clary brother and sister
Simon doesn't turn into a rat
Simon begins turning into vampire already
The Portal isn't at Madame Dorthea's
Alec gets hurt by a ravener and there is no greater demon

Some BIG things that I saw show me how much detail they put into this movie though. For instance, there is a blonde girl that flirts with Simon
Jace is at full sass capacity
As is everyone else
The greenhouse scene was spectacularly done
Simon was even wearing a "Made in Brooklyn" shirt which is an incredible detail

Overall I would say that this movie outshines every Young Adult movie adaptation that has been done in the past 5 years

I would 700% recommend this to anyone I meet


rotten tomatoes always rates opposite of how the movie really is! This movie was very good! I had my doubts at first but it ended up being great!! I can't wait for the rest of the movies and the next book!