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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. Helm gets huge bonus points for noticing everything that's annoying about modern children's films and including none of those things in his movie.
  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. If the concept is ingenious, its execution is erratic.
  5. 50
    There isn't anything terribly exciting or original on offer in the somewhat poky directing debut of screenwriter Zach Helm.
  6. 50
    There's something a little annoying about a movie that tries this shamelessly to be endearing and family friendly.
  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. Aug 27, 2012
    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 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
  2. Aug 28, 2010
    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 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. Sep 5, 2010
    This is neither one of Dustin Hoffman's nor Natalie Portman's best movies. It's too slow;Dustin Hoffman doesn't play the snappy way he usually does,Natalie Portman is too sweet. I highly recommend you don't see this movie. Expand
  4. Apr 13, 2014
    Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a heartfelt, magical movie, but it never really "rises to the occasion" like Mr. Magorium says. Instead, it tries to be whimsy, but it comes off as forced. Expand
  5. May 5, 2011
    This Movie Is Pretty Bad.,.. It's Somewhat Cute For Little Kids, But It Won't Get The Job Done... The Cast Even Isent That Great.. I Love Natile But Sorry Bad Movie.. It Seems So Uncreative In Some Ways... The Script Is Kinda Lazy But Cute.. All I Can Say Is Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium Will Not Be Voted "Best Movie" Sorry For My Low Score 1! Expand

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