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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 26
  2. Negative: 4 out of 26
  1. At its best, the movie makes you feel like a kindred spirit.
  2. It's not "The Wizard of Oz," and its cotton-candy fantasy of a story line is definitely aimed at very young children. But it's well made, and adults likely will find themselves yielding to its gentle, whimsical charm.
  3. Credit production designer Therese DePrez and set decorator Clive Thomasson for the marvelous setting, a charmed building with a life of its own.
  4. 50
    About a magical toy shop, but it has some of the sadder moments I've seen in a movie all year.
  5. For all its playful touches and neat-o nostalgia for nondigital entertainment, the whimsy feels forced.
  6. It's hard to escape the feeling that what Zach Helm's directorial debut really wants to be is "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." But where Roald Dahl's story was brilliantly eccentric and respectfully unsentimental, Helm's is heavy with strained zaniness and hazy morality.
  7. Mr. Magorium, who is 243 years old (so are his jokes), is a cross between Willy Wonka and Geppetto, but Hoffman plays him with little more than a goofy dumb lisp, achieved by tucking his lower lip under his upper teeth, so that he looks just as rabbity-stoopid as he sounds.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 17
  2. Negative: 8 out of 17
  1. CaithlinO.
    Apr 5, 2008
    10
    I thought the movie was wonderful. Some of the diaglogue was super. "Your life is an occassion. Rise to it." Is a great line. I thought I thought the movie was wonderful. Some of the diaglogue was super. "Your life is an occassion. Rise to it." Is a great line. I thought Hoffman did a great job of acting. I have watched the movie 6 times on pfv. I see something different each time. Molly's finding her muse to complete her concerto at the end ties the movie together . Now she can still be a part of the magic in the store and feel the muse within herself to create more music. . I am sorry others did not see what I see in the movie. But then not everyone has to agree. Expand
  2. Aug 28, 2010
    10
    God knows why, but I love this movie, and i'm 13 years old. Dustin Hoffman doesn't give another Oscar performance, but it's still reallyGod knows why, but I love this movie, and i'm 13 years old. Dustin Hoffman doesn't give another Oscar performance, but it's still really interesting and unique. The rest of the castt is great, too. Adults may not be the biggest fans, but kids are sure to love it. The special effects are neat, the script is sad, heartwarming and funny, and the cast is sgreat. I highly recommend it. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2012
    10
    This movie requires that you put yourself and all of your demands aside, to just enjoy it and allow it to be. The script is deeper than itThis movie requires that you put yourself and all of your demands aside, to just enjoy it and allow it to be. The script is deeper than it seems on the surface but there are many who refuse to open up and take it as anything more than face value. It seems like a lot of the reviews are trying to compare this movie with others or are unhappy with it because it's not what they wanted it to be. It doesn't surprise me that there are those who haven't appreciated the love it conveys whether too hardened or busy to notice, but this movie inexplicably touched my soul and it's one of my favorites. Expand
  4. JaredC.
    Nov 17, 2007
    5
    Soon to be a futuristic classic, Mr. Magorium's Woner Emporium justifies what a true famile/fantasy should be. But unexpectedly punches Soon to be a futuristic classic, Mr. Magorium's Woner Emporium justifies what a true famile/fantasy should be. But unexpectedly punches you in the mouth half way point with a comeplete letdown. Its a classic in the type of a way that Sleuth's a classic, but still doesn't reach a good enough standard to be a Zach Helm masterpiece. Expand
  5. BillyS.
    Nov 17, 2007
    2
    Where is the wonder?
  6. GregoryB.
    Nov 12, 2007
    0
    Maybe the worst movie of this and last year combined.
  7. TupacS.
    Nov 16, 2007
    0
    Wow this movie is horrible. The "jokes" are not funny at all. I don't even think that little kids would find it at all funny

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