The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones The IMAX Experience 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...

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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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Fun, exciting, and yes, a tad bit romantic

By sdnatasha
It's certainly not for those in search of Oscar drama, okay. Yes, you can say it's focused on getting the attention of those that liked the book it based off of, and those in that age range, but...

Best Movie Ever! Must Watch!

By moriahdawkins
It was awesome! They did a wonderful job with it and it was one of the best movies I have seen! I will for sure be going to see it as many times as I can! I loved it! :)...

Fantastic

By millster13
I loved the movie, now can't wait to start reading the series, and add this to DVD collection. My 13 y/o daughter & I are HUGE fans now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...

All In One

By hugosierra10
VERY, VERY, VERY FUN! Don't get scared away with critic reviews, they don't appreciate any young adult films since Harry Potter. This movie has almost every creature you've ever heard of. It is...

Amazing!

By jm07wate
Loved it! I am a huge fan of the books and although a couple things were changed in the movie, it was still great! The changes weren't make-it-or-break-it type changes anyway. The actors have such...

Awesome movie: not the book

By greggray99
If you are going to see the book word for word on the screen this is not it; however, this is a great movie. It has a little something for everyone: action packed, love, betrayal, secrets yet to be...

REVIEW FOR THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: FROM THE MORTAL INSTITUTE: SEE THIS MOVIE!

By themortalinstitute
There are so many GREAT things about THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES. If you are a fan of the series, you'll adore it. Those who aren't familiar will love all the action and character...

The Mortal Instruments: City of bones

By mavram
If you are looking for a movie that matches the book, then you will be sorely disappointed. Instead the main themes and story lines of the book are preserved with a few significant changes here and...

If you like the book do not watch

By MandM_Cane
Besides the story line being messed up to make it fit into movie time, they made the characters so stereo typical, the were wolves were all shaggy men as opposed to regular people (including women)...

Not What you Would Expect

By edwarner99
This turned out to be more than I expected. Had I believed the so-called professional critics, I would have never gone. This turned out to be a very enjoyable movie that combined romance, a...

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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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