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  • Summary: Daniel Handler's popular children's book series about the misadventures of the Baudelaire orphans comes to the big screen.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 37
  2. Negative: 1 out of 37
  1. 100
    Exceptionally clever, hilariously gloomy and bitingly subversive.
  2. 80
    A gem of a movie, all its adversity and wickedness a backdrop for a story about the remarkable resilience of children
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    75
    An astounding achievement in production design, an original creation so completely in tune with the books' macabre sensibilities that even the movie's (arguably) happy ending can't diminish its satisfying sense of schadenfreude.
  4. Though rich in visual style, the movie is unbalanced in performances and script, ranging, from scene to scene, from go-for-baroque grandeur to strident excess.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    A visually arresting and entertaining romp, but it lacks some of the sardonic humor of the popular children's books on which the movie is based.
  6. What the movie lacks, alarmingly, is a shriveled black heart, or a big, red tell-tale one pulsing beneath the floorboards -- anything, really, that might infuse it with the sense of true dread that keeps kids coming back for second, third and 11th helpings of the willies.
  7. I hate to sound per-Snickety, but this lemon of a movie is a sadly unfortunate event.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 63 out of 104
  2. Negative: 24 out of 104
  1. Jul 7, 2011
    10
    Wonderful adaption of a children's book series: perhaps not as edgy or dark as the original material but still the same tone. The artWonderful adaption of a children's book series: perhaps not as edgy or dark as the original material but still the same tone. The art direction is fantastic (the shadow-puppet chase during the end credits is a masterpiece.) Jim Carey is used to his best abilities--he acts the part of a bad actor but he is NOT allowed to go over the top or chew the scenery (as often happens when he is unleashed in kiddie films.) They child actors are truly wonderful: droll, thoughtful, serious but engaged. The direction is spot on: tone, performances and dark beauty are consistent throughout. One of my favorite SMART and ARTISTIC and FUNNY movies for children. Skip the other mind-numbing drivel that passes as entertainment for children -- and watch this marvelous offering. Collapse
  2. FábioN.
    Jul 4, 2006
    10
    This beauty production it's definily good,isn't a amazing adaptation but still diserve our atention.
  3. Oct 18, 2010
    9
    its not the exact kind of Harry Potter you're looking for, but this movie relies on Jim Carrey's hilarious peformance as the villian and itits not the exact kind of Harry Potter you're looking for, but this movie relies on Jim Carrey's hilarious peformance as the villian and it will please moviegoers of all ages. Expand
  4. Dec 5, 2015
    7
    Very good adaptation of a children's book with a very impressive production design , finely tuned a script, and the good and brilliantVery good adaptation of a children's book with a very impressive production design , finely tuned a script, and the good and brilliant performance of Jim Carrey. Expand
  5. Nov 30, 2015
    6
    While certainly enjoyable, most of this movie is quite forgettable, and Jim Carrey was the only thing really carrying the movie (and ofWhile certainly enjoyable, most of this movie is quite forgettable, and Jim Carrey was the only thing really carrying the movie (and of course, the few minutes we got of Meryl Streep). Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2013
    5
    A Series of Unfortunate Events is how it sounds.
    With somewhat of a hodgepodge of the first three books in the series. A Series of
    A Series of Unfortunate Events is how it sounds.
    With somewhat of a hodgepodge of the first three books in the series. A Series of Unfortunate Events fails to capture the eyes of its book readers but is successful in being entertaining with a great Jim Carey performance; despite its monotonous pacing.
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  7. toms.
    Sep 26, 2005
    0
    At no point in this movie did i think it was good.

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