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After he enters an empty library in search of refuge from a storm, young Richard Tyler (Macaulay Culkin) is swept into a magical animated world. Inside this timeless place of wonder and discovery, characters from literary classics like “Treasure Island” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” come alive. Soon, it becomes clear that in order to find his way home, Richard must conquer his greatest fears.
© 1994 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation. All rights reserved.
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Built on a wispy premise better suited to the realm of TV, The Pagemaster plays like a slickly produced afternoon special.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Weak Macaulay Culkin fantasy with some cartoon violence.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that there's lots of cartoon action in this film but no one gets seriously hurt. Characters fall from great heights and immediately come back to fall again just moments later. The hero and others are captured, then escape and immediately come back to get captured again. With a mix of animation and live-action, there are swashbuckling pirates, threatening sharks, scary hounds, unhinged authority figures, and a fire-breathing dragon with ghostly accomplices. Ominous music and spooky colors and sound effects heighten the suspense, but except for the youngest or most sensitive kids there's no real sense of jeopardy.
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- Genre:Comedy, Family, Fantasy
- Release Date:November 23, 1994
- Captions:English, Spanish
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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