Peter Jackson co-wrote and directed 'The Lovely Bones,' the highly-anticipated adaptation of Alice Sebold's unsettling best-seller of a novel, which follows Susie Salmon (played by 'Atonement''s Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old who is brutally murdered on her way home from school one December day in 1973. Susie now watches and narrates from heaven as her friends and family (including parents played by Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz) grieve her death and try and track down her killer (creepily portrayed by Stanley Tucci).

Oscar-winning director Jackson ('The Lord of the Rings' trilogy) had previously demonstrated a penchant for capturing the eeriness of teenage murder in his 1994 'Heavenly Creatures,' but critics have not mustered up the same enthusiasm for his latest. Read the following review excerpts, and then let us know what you think.
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