October 23, 2016
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The Lovely Bones fails to impress

090321500.000005mdI really, really want this to be good, because I am a big fan of the book and think that it is a creative and unique story. The last thing I want is for the movie to deter fans from reading this bestseller book in the future. In any case, “The Lovely Bones” had its gala premiere last night in London and the verdict is in…

“Peter Jackson’s infatuation with fancy visual effects mortally wounds the film.” – Variety

“The screen version, by contrast, is so infuriatingly coy, and so desperate to preserve the modesty of its soulful victim that it amounts to an ongoing clean-up operation…Jackson turns up with his eyes averted, spraying cloying perfume to the left and right.” – The Guardian

The good thing is, I usually enjoy the films the critics bash and I’m praying this one falls into that category. Please tell me they are all wrong…

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