The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

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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The Lovely Bones / Reviews

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Flicks, Andrew Hedley

Peter Jackson’s extravagant adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel doesn’t have quite the emotional impact one might hope for, namely due to the twin narrative strands of heartfelt family bonding and grisly serial killing remaining at odds with each other. Rather than leaving the cinema feeling uplifted, you might be creeped out.

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Variety

Variety

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

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

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

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

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.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

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.

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Dominion Post

Dominion Post

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

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Christchurch Press

Christchurch 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.

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