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The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones (2013)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 106
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 93

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones borrows ingredients from seemingly every fantasy franchise of the last 30 years -- but can't seem to figure out what to do with them.

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Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 26

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones borrows ingredients from seemingly every fantasy franchise of the last 30 years -- but can't seem to figure out what to do with them.

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Lily Collins stars as a young girl whose life is upended when she realizes that she's part of a long line of demon-slayers in this Screen Gems adaptation of Cassandra Clare's first book in her series of best-selling novels. Lena Headey and Jonathan Rhys Meyers head up the rest of the starring cast. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

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All Critics (106) | Top Critics (30) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (93)

"The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" plays like a "Scary Movie" parody.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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This desperate Twilight wannabe hits more than its own share of clunky notes.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter
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Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Hollywood has more than enough high-caliber young adult lit to mine. Filmmakers should tap into richer human stories. We mere mortals would dearly appreciate it.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: San Jose Mercury News
San Jose Mercury News
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It desperately gathers clich�s like a teen fantasy Frankenstein that doesn't realize its secret identity: parody.

August 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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Mortal Instruments manages to occupy 130 minutes of frantic, numbing, activity.

August 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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There are some interesting ideas and concepts within this fantasy world but they don't come through clearly enough, despite the 130 minute duration.

August 27, 2013 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

At least you're not forced to stare at Kristen Stewart's sour mug for two hours.

August 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

A shallow and somewhat spiritless picture.

August 27, 2013 Full Review Source: HeyUGuys
HeyUGuys

In the end, this 'City of Bones' is all gnawed-over scraps from other, better movies.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

This is a premise that might work in the hands of more eager filmmakers, but here it is reduced to a collection of fragmented scenes designed to mystify and infuriate.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

The action sequences never quite attain the level of thrilling, though Jonathan Rhys-Meyers boldly vamps it up as the (very tightly) leather-clad villain of the piece

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Cluttered, kooky and completely bonkers

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The Popcorn Junkie
The Popcorn Junkie

The 130-minute running time is 40 minutes too long - but then there's enough repetitive plot exposition and 'who-is- really-related-to-who?' nonsense to cure insomnia.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Birmingham Mail
Birmingham Mail

Even with a rich and dark premise as well as a cast of thespians with actual acting chops, the story and movie are sub-par, forgettable, and crushingly boring.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Not only have we seen this all before, but we were probably hoping to not see it again.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

" ... any more generic and this supernatural teen-lit adaptation might as well have a plain unbleached-paper label and a title in comic sans."

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

It quite often feels like fantasy movie making by numbers and is particularly uninspired.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

Fans of Cassandra Clare's book series won't mind that this film is overcrowded and chaotic, but the uninitiated will be worn out by what feels like a superficial mash-up of leather-clad stereotypes.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

An exhaustingly jumbled mess.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Reason Online
Reason Online

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones is such a pathetic mess you end up feeling a little sorry for the poor mite.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

The characterisation and plot developments are painfully unimaginative.

August 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Mail [UK]
Daily Mail [UK]

To watch this film is to gain a new level of identification with HAL 9000: as MORTAL INSTRUMENTS unspools before your eyes, you can feel your mind going...going...gone - until you find yourself humming a verse of "Daisy Bell."

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique
Cinefantastique

While City of Bones hammers down a confident start, it soon applies that mallet to its own head, beating itself down to a narrative mush of illogic and loose plot threads.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

Every fantasy creature except zombies get a workout in this overstuffed spectacle about a teenage girl who discovers she has angelic blood in her veins.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Orange County Register
Orange County Register

Fortunately for Twi-Hards, this IS the next TWILIGHT. Unfortunately for everyone else, this IS the next TWILIGHT.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Audience Reviews for The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones

"You are THE ONE!" Its getting old, baby, getting old, and yet here again another young "normal" abruptly discovers she's got super powers ... and then the story steals (homages?) directly from Star Wars (except this is with magic and Stars Wars was in space) and only just misses using outright the infamous line: "You Are My Son!" Again, strictly for the kiddies, or the tweens. One more thing: the demons are pretty cool looking though.
August 27, 2013
UniversalDreamer

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Clary Fray discovers that she comes from a long line of shadowhunters, and she must save her abducted mother by confronting the demons and "down-worlders" in her past (while wearing the hell out of some hotsy-totsy ensembles).

Clary is a decently badass chick who is just fragile and girly enough to still want love, and Lily Collins plays her with winsome gusto. I think I'm officially a fan of Collins' heavy eyebrows and distinctly Audrey Hepburn air. The legs of the love triangle, played by Jamie Campbell Bower and Robert Sheehan, are satisfyingly edgy and adorable, respectively. JCB is actually rather funny in a cold, sardonic way. All the rest of the supporting cast are great: Jonathan Rhys Meyers is sexy and evil; Lena Headey is daring and angelic; Jemima West is bold but understated; and pantsless Godfrey Gao is a charismatic new guard of the Asian Persuasion.

Having never read the books, I was pleasantly thrilled and surprised by all the twists and turns. I also give the books and movie kudos for GOING THERE, you know what I mean? The twistiest of turns is balanced and open.
August 25, 2013
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    1. Luke: I'm a werewolf, not a Golden Retriever.
    – Submitted by Kate M (3 days ago)
    1. Clary: Why did you buy all of my mom's paintings?
    2. Magnus Bane: She needed the money, so I helped her.
    – Submitted by Adam P (3 days ago)
    1. Clary: Oh, I'm not brave. Well if you're so brave why don't you tell Jace that you have feelings for him?
    – Submitted by Adam P (3 days ago)
    1. Clary: Isn't this the part where you start tearing off pieces of your shirt to bind my wounds?
    2. Jace: If you wanted me to take off my shirt all you had to do was ask.
    – Submitted by Adam P (3 days ago)
    1. Jocelyn: Jesus!
    2. Simon: Nope! Just me!
    – Submitted by Faye A (3 days ago)
    1. Valentine: Someone told me that you like to play music.
    – Submitted by Adam P (6 days ago)
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