Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 77 Ratings

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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 19
  2. Negative: 8 out of 19
  1. MichaelB.
    Apr 7, 2008
    10
    This magical movie with natalie portman and dustin hoffman was great!
  2. Sep 5, 2010
    10
    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 usuallyThis 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
  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. Nov 6, 2015
    5
    I just can't get this movie, it' so bored I can't even pay attention..........I just can't get this movie, it' so bored I can't even pay attention..........
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  5. ChadS.
    Jan 16, 2008
    3
    Even in the movies where anything is possible, laying down a bubblewrap dancefloor as a preventive measure against suicidal tendencies Even in the movies where anything is possible, laying down a bubblewrap dancefloor as a preventive measure against suicidal tendencies doesn't work, much to Molly's dismay as Mr. Magorium(Dustin Hoffman) pops, pops, pops away; happier, but still harboring a death wish underneath all that crazy hair. Like his character in "Rainman", Mr. Magorium is a one-note performance, but this time Hoffman doesn't delight, he grates on our ears. That lisp, in concert with the toymaker's whimsical outlook on life, doesn't out-crazy Gene Wilder's performance in "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", but it comes close. Before his rapture for one, Mr. Magorium wants Molly(Natalie Portman) to run the toy store. His charge used to be a promising pianist, but this film contends that the music of life is a higher calling, which makes "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" a sort of evil "Mr. Holland's Opus". Despite the happy ending, the film never resolves Molly's dream of being a famous composer. She's the hero. She brings the toy store back to life. But Molly is only a conduit for that block of wood Mr. Magorium entrusted to her. Now Molly's post-graduate rut is official: She's never leaving Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium. Expand
  6. May 5, 2011
    1
    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 LoveThis 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
  7. GregoryB.
    Nov 12, 2007
    0
    Maybe the worst movie of this and last year combined.

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