The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

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The Lovely Bones

Best known for his CGI epics (Lord of the Rings, King Kong) and darkly comic splatterfests (Brain Dead, Bad Taste), superstar director Peter Jackson now returns to dramatic subject matter not explored since 1994's Heavenly Creatures.

The Lovely Bones is set in Pennsylvania in the 1970s. It tells the story of a young girl, Susie Salmon (Atonement's Saoirse Ronan), who is brutally raped and murdered. She watches the impact of the events on her family, and murderer, from the afterlife. Jackson has assembled an all-star cast to play out the thriller, including Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci.

2009Rating: M, contains violence135 minsUSA, UK, New Zealand
DramaThriller
Director:
Peter Jackson ('Badtaste', 'Meet the Feebles', 'Braindead', 'Heavenly Creatures', 'The Frighteners', 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy, 'King Kong')
Writer:
Peter JacksonFran WalshPhilippa Boyens
Cast:
Mark WahlbergRachel WeiszSusan SarandonSaoirse RonanStanley TucciRose McIver
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Reviews & comments

Variety

Variety

press

Jackson undermines solid work from a good cast with show-offy celestial evocations that severely disrupt the emotional connections with the characters.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

When else has the obscenity of child murder been the cause of such gravity and grace?

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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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Newshub

Newshub

press

The Lovely Bones wasn’t the five star wonder-movie I’d hoped for, but I left the cinema more than satisfied with Jackson’s take on Susie Salmon.

4.0
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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Like “The Lord Of The Rings,” The Lovely Bones does a fantastic job with revered, complex source material. As terrific on terra firma as it is audacious in its astral plane, it is doubtful we’ll see a more imaginative, courageous film in 2010.

4.0
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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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It's fair to say that this is a quality bit of work.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

I'll be honest, I'm in two minds about this one, I enjoyed the movie and some sections were classic Peter Jackson, but I was left feeling it could have been so much more.

3.0
0

What bones may come?

We've come to expect more of the director of BRAINDEAD and those little known Hobbit movies. Visually splendid, yet unengaging, this film version has none of the poer of the original novel. The CGI "heaven" scenes look like Robin Williams' oil painted paradise in WHAT DREAMS MAY COME (another Kiwi directed movie). Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and...

3.0
0

The Lovely Bones

I read the book twice - the first time I hated it and the second time it grew on me. I was looking forward to seeing the movie, but felt some trepidation after hearing the test audience complain it was gory enough (I've seen Bad Taste - I was expecting the worst, especially of the murder.) I was however, very relieved. The depiction of Susie's heaven was...

4.0
0

Brilliant and Awesome

This movie is awesome! It has had lot of effort put into this and the actors/actresses are superb! An awesome movie, but very sad! It made me cry! DEFINITELY a five star! Or maybe MORE! More like a TEN star!!

5.0
0

Fantastic!

Don't listen to the rest, this film is a masterpiece - long, but not noticable because of the stunning visual effects - it has Peter Jackson written all over it. Admitedly the storyline is a bit touchy feely for my liking, but none the less a more than worthwhile film.

5.0
0

IS THIS HEAVEN OR IS THIS HELL?

Actually, it's limbo. Thirty minutes in and I knew I'd made a mistake. Not a lot was happening but like paint it took a long while to dry. No suspense. Well, how could there be? We already knew what was going to happen - we got it in voiceover! And visually it wasn't overly special. The scene in the field could have been a cracker, but it turned into a wet...

0

Rather long-winded

Quite a few unnecessary scenes, couldn't really hold my attention, really dragged out and pointless...far too much attempted symbolism, strong cast but not much of a story :(

3.0
0

Rather long-winded

Quite a few unnecessary scenes.

3.0
0

Don't Listen To Other People's Opinions

I was not going to see this after so much criticism.I am so glad I did. I thought it was a beautiful & quite emotional movie. Well done Peter jackson. There was no need for the death scene to be any more than it was; as some people wanted. I will never listen to other people's opinion when it comes to movies, especially PJ movies.

4.0
0

Outstanding

To film a story in this way is true genius, song to the siren deserves to be in this movie as it's a perfect fit

5.0
0
Variety

Variety

press

Jackson undermines solid work from a good cast with show-offy celestial evocations that severely disrupt the emotional connections with the characters.

0
Time Magazine

Time Magazine

press

When else has the obscenity of child murder been the cause of such gravity and grace?

0
Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

press

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.

0
Newshub

Newshub

press

The Lovely Bones wasn’t the five star wonder-movie I’d hoped for, but I left the cinema more than satisfied with Jackson’s take on Susie Salmon.

4.0
0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

Like “The Lord Of The Rings,” The Lovely Bones does a fantastic job with revered, complex source material. As terrific on terra firma as it is audacious in its astral plane, it is doubtful we’ll see a more imaginative, courageous film in 2010.

4.0
0
Dominion Post

Dominion Post

press

It's fair to say that this is a quality bit of work.

0
Christchurch Press

Christchurch Press

press

I'll be honest, I'm in two minds about this one, I enjoyed the movie and some sections were classic Peter Jackson, but I was left feeling it could have been so much more.

3.0
0

What bones may come?

We've come to expect more of the director of BRAINDEAD and those little known Hobbit movies. Visually splendid, yet unengaging, this film version has none of the poer of the original novel. The CGI "heaven" scenes look like Robin Williams' oil painted paradise in WHAT DREAMS MAY COME (another Kiwi directed movie). Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz and...

3.0
0

The Lovely Bones

I read the book twice - the first time I hated it and the second time it grew on me. I was looking forward to seeing the movie, but felt some trepidation after hearing the test audience complain it was gory enough (I've seen Bad Taste - I was expecting the worst, especially of the murder.) I was however, very relieved. The depiction of Susie's heaven...

4.0
0

Brilliant and Awesome

This movie is awesome! It has had lot of effort put into this and the actors/actresses are superb! An awesome movie, but very sad! It made me cry! DEFINITELY a five star! Or maybe MORE! More like a TEN star!!

5.0
0

Fantastic!

Don't listen to the rest, this film is a masterpiece - long, but not noticable because of the stunning visual effects - it has Peter Jackson written all over it. Admitedly the storyline is a bit touchy feely for my liking, but none the less a more than worthwhile film.

5.0
0

IS THIS HEAVEN OR IS THIS HELL?

Actually, it's limbo. Thirty minutes in and I knew I'd made a mistake. Not a lot was happening but like paint it took a long while to dry. No suspense. Well, how could there be? We already knew what was going to happen - we got it in voiceover! And visually it wasn't overly special. The scene in the field could have been a cracker, but it turned into a...

0

Rather long-winded

Quite a few unnecessary scenes, couldn't really hold my attention, really dragged out and pointless...far too much attempted symbolism, strong cast but not much of a story :(

3.0
0

Rather long-winded

Quite a few unnecessary scenes.

3.0
0

Don't Listen To Other People's Opinions

I was not going to see this after so much criticism.I am so glad I did. I thought it was a beautiful & quite emotional movie. Well done Peter jackson. There was no need for the death scene to be any more than it was; as some people wanted. I will never listen to other people's opinion when it comes to movies, especially PJ movies.

4.0
0

Outstanding

To film a story in this way is true genius, song to the siren deserves to be in this movie as it's a perfect fit

5.0
0