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  • Summary: The Dark is Rising tells the story of Will Stanton, who learns on the eve of his 11th birthday that he is actually the last of the "Old Ones," a group of immortal warriors and guardians dedicated to fighting the forces of the Dark. The Dark is amidst its last great Rising to defeat the Light and take free will from the human race forever. Will, having been born with a great gift of power, is called upon a monumental heroic quest. (Walden Media)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 6 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    The books' magic was rooted in its ties to Arthurian legend and British folklore, grandiose elements which Cunningham and Hodge have stripped.
  2. Reviewed by: Kelley L. Carter
    At its best, The Seeker is a pretty vivid fantasy book come-to-life; it does a decent, passable job of adding to the canon of kid-lit flicks.
  3. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Slick, good-looking, cluttered pic won't please fans of novelist Susan Cooper's original "The Dark Is Rising" sequence. But then, they are mostly grown-ups by now, and this very Hollywood-style adaptation of a very English book is aimed squarely at tweens.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    The film plods along without a lot of excitement or inspiration.
  5. This movie is a particular disappointment. Although The Seeker is in Walden's tradition of positive storytelling, John Hodge's script is guilty of downright goofy utterances on occasion.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    From its less-than-special effects to its rushed ending, this whole endeavor is a lazy, wasted emasculation of a beloved series deserving of more thoughtful treatment. Guess they have four more books left to get it right. Oh, joy.
  7. 0
    None of this made a lick of sense to me, nor did it appear to be all that obvious to either the cast or screenwriter Hodge, whose work here feels as though he'd given up in frustration halfway through before deciding to see how far he could push the vaguely Harry Potter-esque shenanigans before getting sacked.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 33
  2. Negative: 25 out of 33
  1. JCAndrew
    Oct 1, 2007
    The Seeker: The Dark is Rising -- Cherishing -- First of all, lets find out about this film: Its title= Seeker, seeker means by example when a device in a missile that locates a target by sensing some characteristic of the target, as heat emission. Dark= well everyone knows what that means, rising= means to get up from a lying, sitting, or kneeling posture; assume an upright position. Now, if you combine those definitions, then see what happens. Seeker, dark, rising. Think about it, the seeker is obviously the child that seeks something. Maybe dark, or darkness, which is rising. At the eve of 11 years old, Will finds himself the last of the immortal's and uses the destiny of his kind to destroy the darkness that rises ahead which plans to banish Will from the human race. Now that is what I call a story. If you think like how I think before I saw it when you guessed it is worth a 6 then you are wrong, the story deserves so but there is never a dull moment, no kidding. A dark and fascinating film with visual effects beyond human use and reach, you would have to pay millions of dollars for those effects. It has loads of entertainment, it doesn't just have what the story gives you now. It passes by with way more plot's and stories happening. So please, if you think there isn't anything good playing right now because I also think the same, when this releases, go see it. It is worth it. Overall very good. But literally it has a lot of flaws, like the acting, dialogue, key concept, action. But I just say 10 when it deserves a 6 because I know there will not be many high rated reviews for the upcoming future, so just to balance the film's position. Expand
  2. JessicaB.
    Apr 11, 2008
    I think that this was a good movie.I honestly don't care what anyone else thinks because I actually paid attention to the story. This movie is about a kid who dosen't really fit in with his family and he feels further set apart because he has the fact that he contains magical powers froced on him. Expand
  3. Adrian
    Oct 5, 2007
    Hey, you three JCs, stop trying to bump up the user score; that's cheating. Anyway, this was fairly engaging at first, but quickly turned out to be a cheese-fest of wannabe epic fantasy movies. That lost it for me there. Expand
  4. pb
    Oct 5, 2007
    A perfect example of industry greed mutilating and cheapening a wonderful novel. Walden/Fox, John Hodge and David Cunningham disrespected the book and the fans, and now the critics and the fans are disparaging the movie. Expand
  5. JoshuaR
    Oct 8, 2007
    Ahh, to see people even on metacritic try to bump this piece of crap is soul destroying. This movie is by all means a piece of crap, the ones who decided to adapt it had no respect for either the author or the source material. They lacked true artistic vision and the creativity necessary to turn a Fantasy book into a movie. What they succeeded in doing is lampooning every fantasy movie from The Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter a la Epic Movie without trying to be a comedy. Great Job Walden...Great F***ing job. Expand
  6. Jan 19, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This movie didn't meet the mark.The direction was good though the plot is uneven.Christopher eccleston and ian mcshane did their part well.but the latter didn't kill the former when he got a chance. Expand
  7. JD
    Oct 16, 2007
    This is not a Harry Potter wannabe. This is not a fantasy/adventure film. This is not fit for a straight to DVD release. This is not fit for TV viewing. This is simply not a movie. Expand

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