City of Ember Synopsis
Two teens must find the secret of their underground city's existence before its light dies forever.
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TV Guide

A fun and moving family film with a subtly dark feel rarely seen in kids' movies since the '80s, City of Ember succeeds despite its...
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
If older kids and adults seek out this picture, which 20th Century Fox and Walden Media clearly aren't sure how to sell, they may well...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An impressive and imaginative fantasy.
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Entertainment Weekly

The story, which follows two kids who try to save their burg from blackouts, isn't well-executed, losing itself to unclear mythology and...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
All the running, the hiding, the escaping (from giant moles, from giant Murray) are decidedly less exciting, and compelling, than City of...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
City of Ember lacks the vision and scope of "WALL-E," but it's based on a pretty good kids' book and it makes a pretty good "Twilight Zone"...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
At its best when sticking to a classic sci-fi-fantasy format. But when it tries to be a generic thrill ride, it loses its originality and...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Though the film ultimately falls short of its considerable promise, there's more than enough here to keep thoughtful moviegoers - of any...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
You long for things to go bump in the night, but the movie muffles every risk in a blanket of bland.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Stalls at the intersection of fantasy and science fiction.
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I don't know why people said "no"

By zodiaktwelve
I have been waiting for this movie for about 2 years, and from what I saw in the trailer it looks everything and more of what I thought it would be....

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By margeinbutter
This movie was so great I can't wait to see it again. I coould watch it many more times. There is so much excitment and adventure. I also read the book series which was also very good. Tell everyone...

I read the book and from what I see I'm not happy

By Caveboy0
This book was a really good and I really got into the story because of the mystery aspect of it and looking at the movie it disappoints me because they show in the trailers the big surprise which is...


By gottaluvmovies
My son has read the entire series of City of Ember books and he was dying to see this movie. I took him for that reason, although was not expexctiing to enjoy the movie myself. I was definitely in...


By connie4vikings
Read the book! Don't bother with the movie. If I were Jeanne DuPrau, I'd be insulted. If I were Caroline Thompson, I'd be embarrassed. She completely missed the themes, symbolism, and highlights...

Good Movie

By Stevie's mom
One of the better ones I've seen. Followed the book fairly closely which is really nice. A great story and a good movie for kids. Liked the choices for leads especially the kids....

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By bm100

If you read the book,you'll love the movie!

By mimitchi33
I loved this movie. It had many similarites to the book and some differences! If you read the book City Of Ember,you'll love this movie!...

Loved City of Ember

By pallard
My 4 year old daughter was glued to the screen. I enjoyed the leason that you can do anything as long as you try and continue to persue your dreams. I think my daughter liked the action and the...


By ljihfkhdfkghdc
kinda scary movie when giant moles came. wonderful adventure. loved it....

More Info

Rated PG | For mild peril and some thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Fast-paced fantasy has lots of tense moments.
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