100

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Exceptionally clever, hilariously gloomy and bitingly subversive.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A pessimistic chronicle that even optimistic 8-year-olds can love.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film's no masterpiece, but at least you're in the hands of people who know what they're doing.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
A work of wonderfully sinister fantasy. Director Brad Silberling is always mindful of his kiddie audience -- the movie is never even remotely scary.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
Much credit for this delightfully morose children's film must go to director Brad Silberling's careful orchestration. Please note, in the vocabulary-building spirit of the Snicket books, that the word "orchestration'' here means "coaxing good performances out of child actors and keeping Jim Carrey in check.''
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
A series of unfortunate events occurred during the making of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and they all had to do with Jim Carrey.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A visually arresting and entertaining romp, but it lacks some of the sardonic humor of the popular children's books on which the movie is based.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Devolves into a repetitive comedy that squanders a hugely talented cast.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Isn't nearly as cheerily unpleasant as it ought to be.
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40

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Jim Carrey is the prime offender here. He's such an unseemly showoff that the movie keeps stopping in its tracks.
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62 out of 100
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