• PG
  • 1h 46m
  • 2009
Common Sense Media Iconage 9+
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What if every time you read aloud, the story came to life? Based on Cornelia Funke's bestselling children's novel, this timeless tale of imagination and adventure centers on a young girl whose father (TheMummy's Brendan Fraser) has a secret ability to bring characters from books to life when he reads them aloud. But when a ruthless villain (TheLord of the Rings' Andy Serkis) from a rare children's fable kidnaps Meggie's father to bring others out of the boundaries of fiction, she and a disparate group of friends both real and magic embark on the kind of adventure she has only read about in books to save him and set things right. Also starring The Da Vinci Code's Paul Bettany and Oscar winners Helen Mirren and Jim Broadbent, INKHEART makes all the mystery, all the danger, and all the adventure jump off the page!
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Heavy on cliches and light on charm, this kid-lit fantasy-adventure doesn't quite get off the ground.
Time Out
Anna King

June 22, 2017
Christine Champ

June 22, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald
Sandra Hall

The message is so muddied by the film's dizzying changes in pitch and tone that a lot of young rea...

June 21, 2017
Washington Post
Ann Hornaday

The aesthetics of Inkheart are part of what make it such a surprisingly enjoyable experience to wa...

March 3, 2019
Toronto Star
Linda Barnard

[Has] plenty of thrills, a smart although oft-confusing script, delightful scenery-chewing scenes...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

Common Sense Media Iconage 9+
Common Sense Says
Tween-targeted fantasy adaptation is no Harry Potter.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family-friendly fantasy is based on author Cornelia Funke's best-selling young adult novel. As in the book, there's a dark tone to the story, and the threat of violence seems real (especially the death threats). The "inked" villains may disturb younger kids, although some of the fantastical elements are funny. Henchmen hold people hostage, threaten to kill people, and burn property, and characters are in serious danger through most of the film. There's mild flirting between two younger characters and a quick kiss and embrace between married couples.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Family, Fantasy
  • Release Date:January 23, 2009
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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