Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
All this is conveyed in the remarkable performance of Ronan, an Oscar nominee for Atonement. She and Tucci -- magnificent as a man of uncontrollable impulses -- help Jackson cut a path to a humanity that supersedes life and death.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Yet so much about The Lovely Bones is so skillfully orchestrated, from the chillingly methodical villainy to the thrillingly paced manhunt, we can accept that we're in the hands of a higher power.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
A sad-but-hopeful, dramatic-but-gentle fairy tale intentionally made less upsetting for teens.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The Lovely Bones is difficult viewing, a meticulously crafted experiment that, it turns out, wasn't worth it.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Jackson and his team tell a fundamentally different story. It's one that is not without its tension, humor and compelling details. But it's also a simpler, more button-pushing tale that misses the joy and heartbreak of the original.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Some books are not meant to be adapted to the big screen. Alice Sebold's best-selling The Lovely Bones falls into that category.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
I watched the film in an agitated space between engrossed and aghast.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
It doesn't help any that Wahlberg, looking perpetually dumbstruck, is among the clunkiest line-readers working in movies today.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The Lovely Bones, then, is something special: A spectacular, cringe-inducing failure as both a book adaptation and a film.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Peter Jackson siphoned out all the soulfulness that made the author's combination thriller/afterlife fantasy a best-seller. In its place is a gumball-colored potboiler that's more squalid than truly mournful.
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42 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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