• Released
  • August 21, 2013
  • PG-13 , 2 hr 10 min
  • Action/Adventure
    Sci-Fi/Fantasy
  • 4,455 Fan Ratings
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Synopsis: Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons.

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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bruce Ingram
Everything chugs along briskly and reasonably entertainingly until running off the rails a bit with a wildly overcomplicated finale.
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50

Slant Magazine

By R. Kurt Osenlund
The movie? blasts by for a while as an odd and busy slice of highly watchable garbage.
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50

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Start with a heaping helping of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Throw in some "Percy Jackson," a dash of "Twilight," a spoonful of "The Vampire...
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Aside from the giggles induced by the romance-novel bits, the movie's principal hazard is exhaustion. There are too many characters, and...
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By David Hiltbrand
Though imaginatively directed by Harald Zwart, Mortal Instruments, which is adapted from Cassandra Clare's YA novels, is marred by...
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50

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
The storyline is at times muddled and incoherent. This won't bother readers much since they have the "inside track" on what's happening....
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50

Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
If you love exposition and shapely if bland young actors in leather, skinny jeans, knee boots, Goth cocktail dresses and heavy eye makeup,...
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40

The New York Times

By Jeannette Catsoulis
Too much of the film feels like shorthand, a trail of teasing crumbs to lead us to the inevitable sequels.
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38

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Though it has flashes of promise, Bones traces the footsteps of its fantasy film predecessors too closely to blaze anything close to an...
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30

Village Voice

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The nomenclature varies slightly, but there's little new or exciting in City of Bones. For strong female role models and unique fantasy...
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Not a good portrayal of the book.

By sdbart
It was good but some things left me unhappy about who the movie was made off of the book. The ending left a lot to be desired. They way they ended it it seemed like they might have left it open for...

Anazing

By Kikibug823
Very good Jaces character as well as Clary's character are portrayed the best..... A lot was changed from the book but still a good movie...

By hollywoodroamer
I think jame Campbell bower was the best jace wayland ever I don't care if people say the movie was runed because of jace or jace is ugly I think he was sooooooooo what I call a butterfly boy because...

Liked it

By novemberbug12
I read the books and they are amazing the movie though... It was okay and I know that they can't put ever single chapter in the movie but wish that they did a better job with haves lines because he's...

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Rated PG-13 | For Intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content.
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Teen-friendly fantasy romance doesn't live up to the book.
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