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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 35 )
  • 25
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous. show more

  • 38
    Scott Bowles USA Today

    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. show more

  • 50
    David Hiltbrand Philadelphia Inquirer

    Though imaginatively directed by Harald Zwart, Mortal Instruments, which is adapted from Cassandra Clare's YA novels, is marred by significant flaws. show more

  • 20
    New York Daily News

    This one is by far the worst of the “Twilight” copies. And when that bunch includes “The Host” and “I Am Number Four,” that’s saying something. show more

  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 25
    Laremy Legel

    This is a story that has everything you’re looking for, provided that you’re looking for absolutely nothing. show more

  • 50
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Aside from the giggles induced by the romance-novel bits, the movie's principal hazard is exhaustion. There are too many characters, and too many of them spend too much time morphing into something else. Five more like this? That would be demonic. show more

  • 63
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    Everything chugs along briskly and reasonably entertainingly until running off the rails a bit with a wildly overcomplicated finale. show more

  • 50
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Start with a heaping helping of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Throw in some "Percy Jackson," a dash of "Twilight," a spoonful of "The Vampire Diaries" and a sprinkling of "Harry Potter," and you end up with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • February 01, 2014 th00000000179850
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    Awsome fantasy movie

  • December 22, 2013 az00000000175017
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    Absolutely love the movie can\'t wait for the second and love the actors that play the characters please do not change them there perfect for the role.

  • December 17, 2013 mr00000000174830
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    Can\'t give this less than one star. It is the only movie I have ever wanted to ask for my money back. I think a lot of high raters are blinded by the love of the book. So cheesy, I can\'t believe it.

  • December 11, 2013 yn00000000174235
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    If i could give this movie less than 1 star I would. I am a huge fan of the series and have read the books. I was highly anticipating this movie and maybe that\'s why it was such a huge let down. I realize that movies tend to be an \"interpretation\" of a book, but this was down right butchery.

  • December 09, 2013 animeloverinme
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    I like it , but not all of the chages were right for the film.

  • December 06, 2013 wm00000000106587
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    awesome movie

  • November 27, 2013 po00000000172282
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    This was a great Movie! I believe this is way better than The Twilight Saga. I really hope that City of Ashes is approved to come out. There is a lot that still has to be revealed. Can\'t Wait!!

  • September 17, 2013 oj00000000165651
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    Absolutely enjoyed the movie and started reading the series because of it! Hope they will green light City of Ashes and start filming soon!!

  • October 04, 2013 fm00000000164245
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    Great movie! Once the DVD comes out more people will see what a really good movie it is and city of ashes will kick off with a larger fan base!

  • September 08, 2013 whodunitbandit
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    for people wondering whether or not to see this movie, I would recommend going to the website and reading up on some of the terms in the movie; My favorite part was with madame Dorthea. Hope somehow she will appear in the sequel.


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