2.0

33

out of 100

Metascore®
Generally unfavorable reviews
Based on a weighted average of all critic review scores.

A sample of reviews from critics across the country.

  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-TimesBruce 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

    out of 100

    ReelViewsJames 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. Then again, the narrative is so predictable that maybe it doesn't matter.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York TimesJeannette 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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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood ReporterMichael Rechtshaffen

    Despite the overstuffed assortment of vampires, werewolves, warlocks and demons of all shapes and sizes, The Mortal Instruments seldom feels like anything more than a shameless, soulless knockoff.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA TodayScott Bowles

    Though it has flashes of promise, Bones traces the footsteps of its fantasy film predecessors too closely to blaze anything close to an original narrative.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    The nomenclature varies slightly, but there's little new or exciting in City of Bones. For strong female role models and unique fantasy settings, stick with The Hunger Games.

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