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Based on 37 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Much credit for this delightfully morose children's film must go to director Brad Silberling's careful orchestration. Please note, in the vocabulary-building spirit of the Snicket books, that the word "orchestration'' here means "coaxing good performances out of child actors and keeping Jim Carrey in check.'' show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A visually arresting and entertaining romp, but it lacks some of the sardonic humor of the popular children's books on which the movie is based. show more

  • 40
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Jim Carrey is the prime offender here. He's such an unseemly showoff that the movie keeps stopping in its tracks. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    A pessimistic chronicle that even optimistic 8-year-olds can love. show more

  • 63
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    A series of unfortunate events occurred during the making of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and they all had to do with Jim Carrey. show more

  • 60
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Devolves into a repetitive comedy that squanders a hugely talented cast. show more

  • 100
    Robert K. Elder Chicago Tribune

    Exceptionally clever, hilariously gloomy and bitingly subversive. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    A work of wonderfully sinister fantasy. Director Brad Silberling is always mindful of his kiddie audience -- the movie is never even remotely scary. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The film's no masterpiece, but at least you're in the hands of people who know what they're doing. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Manages to remain witty throughout. show more

  • February 05, 2012 Dry Master
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    Good, unique movie that is rarely ever seen! You can see that even the books are as wierd and as satisfying as the movie. The only down is that, children have a completly different visual of the characters and the scenes, and here when you watch the's extremly different! The acting was great and good casting. The effects in Lake Lachrymose scene is dull but dulley realistic. Good film and unforgetable.

  • January 13, 2010 MHashmi
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    son of a bich wat a movie it has no sex events **** u.....

  • December 27, 2008 OffcCrrl
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    UNBELIVABLY HORRIBLE!! All of the acting was horrible exsept for jim carrey. INCREDEBLY DISTORBING!!!!!!! 0 STARS

  • August 19, 2008 Master Bryan
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    I DEMAND A REMAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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