The Lovely Bones Synopsis
A deceased girl watches over her family from heaven as they struggle to find out her murderer.
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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...
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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,...
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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...
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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...
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Beautiful and moving

By RandytheMovieFan
I've read the book and went with someone who hadn't, and we both thoroughly embraced this movie. The previews lead you to expect an intense murder mystery, but that's only a small part of the movie,...


By CheyenneShadows
I Actually Watched This Movie Before I Read The Book, And I Think The Movie Was AMAZING. And Then Once I Read The Book I Was Sad That SO Much Stuff Was Left Out. But Still At The Same Time The Movie...

book vs movie

By Lauren643
For those who read the book, you won't be too upset. I liked the movie and for those who did not read the book you will enjoy this movie. I do feel like they left out some important parts from...

Incredible Movie!

By mochabean
I am a huge fan of the book, so i was both looking forward to and dreading the release of this movie. I think that the visuals of the movie were superb! The movie follows closely to the book but...

Great movie!

By jfdnunder
Please do not take your kids to this movie. It is not the type you would want them to see. It will freak them out and be scared for the rest of thier lifes. I loved the movie. IGreat acting and...

The Lovely Bones

By leslieth
While at times a little intense for those who may be squeemish, "The Lovely Bones" tells the story of what a family goes through when losing a child to murder. What makes it interesting is that it is...

The Lovely Bones

By jmccoll
I did not read the book and had no expectations of this movie. I personally found it to be quite good. I really got into the part of showing the in-between and what the possibility could be. It...

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By Maggie1988
I see a lot of mix regarding the reviews from this movie. It is the same with any movie you go see, either you like it or you dont. I really liked this movie. I saw the movie and then read the book....

The Lovely Bones

By joey464
I can't believe anyone would give this a bad review or say they got lost, or couldn't follow it...realy??? It was one of the best movies i have ever seen,it told the story from a father's...

Doesn't do justice to the book

By MovieLoverNYC
If you did not read the novel, this movie is ok. But just ok. If you did read the book, don't go see it. It takes a different approach and tells a bit of a different story. It leaves out too many...

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Rated PG-13 | For for mature thematic material involving disturbing violent content and images, and some language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Haunting mystery-drama examines a child's murder.
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