Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
After the three young Baudelaire siblings are left orphaned by a fire in their mansion, they are carted off to live with their distant relative, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). Unfortunately, Olaf is a cruel, scheming man only after the inheritance that the eldest Baudelaire, Violet (Emily Browning), is set to receive. The children escape and find shelter with their quirky Uncle Monty (Billy Connolly) and, subsequently, their phobic Aunt Josephine (Meryl Streep) ], but Olaf is never far behind.
Release Date: December 17, 2004
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Whether or not interest in this film (based on the first three books in the Lemony Snicket series) translates into more loans at libraries and sales at bookstores remains to be seen. But for readers already caught up in the intriguing misfortunes of this beleaguered brood, the oddly unsettling movie version of the Baudelaires' world is not the most adverse way to spend an afternoon.Click here to read the full review
For young children, this is most assuredly not. Far too many treacherous situations are portrayed that might well be difficult for those under 10 to separate from reality. But for the older ones – those who enjoy a suspense-filled tale and whose parents are willing to explain that, unlike the Baudelaire children, they will never be alone, that most adults can indeed be trusted, and that the evil of the world has been soundly redeemed – this is a film that will be most enjoyable.Click here to read the full review
Parents should be prepared for questions about the possibility of their own deaths and how such an unfortunate event would affect their youngsters. I can't imagine that children wouldn't have that apprehension on the tips of their tongues after watching. While they might not actually bring it up, they'll certainly be thinking about it.Click here to read the full review
Dove awards the Dove Seal to “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events,” but cautions parents with young children. Dove rates this film as a 12+.Click here to read the full review
Parents need to know that this movie may be upsetting to some kids. The children in the movie are orphans who are continuously mistreated. There are constant scenes of peril and tension; though most of the violence is offscreen, we see the aftermath. An adult strikes a child and there are other assaults and murders and an apparent suicide. There is one scary surprise and several shots of creepy creatures, including rats, bugs, bats, and snakes. Some children will understand that this is intended as macabre humor but others will not, so parents should be particularly cautious about deciding whether the film is appropriate for their kids. Other parental concerns include some very crude language "said" by a baby ("shmuck," "bite me"), and a forced marriage with a 14-year-old (predatory, but only with regard to her money).Click here to read the full review
I really enjoyed this movie! It's a bit strange, but it's really imaginative. I love that the children are smart and use their talents to foil the bad guys. I also think this is a brillant showcase of Jim Carrey's amazing talent.September 20th, 2013 · Details
A weird little Gothy adventure for kids, and one of the few things Jim Carry has done that I've genuinely enjoyed. The animations in the credits at the end is the best animation I've ever seen in anything anywhere ever, bar none.July 15th, 2013 · Details
I think it was kind of interesting and I liked the look of the movie, but it was boring, even my kids got boredDecember 8th, 2012 · Details