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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Review

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1.0

Dave White Profile

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  • 2.0
    33

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 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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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today 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 original narrative.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times 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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  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael 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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  • 50

    out of 100

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

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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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Fan Reviews provided by

3

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 the rest of the books but it could also stand alone... which would be fine for me.

5

by martinezsandra70

3

by guaymissy

1

by shaylee12
I really wanted to like it. But I think it's one of the wrist movies I've seen in recent history. Very disappointing.

5

by samanthaelizabeth1

5

by pandasandcandyrule

4

by tamaradhay

3

by olyhorse

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