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The Baudelaire orphans are placed in the care of Count Olaf, a man who is either a demented evil genius, an egomaniacal actor, Jim Carrey, or all three. Aided by a troupe of theatrical misfits, he hatches one outrageous plot after another to get his hands on the children's vast inheritance.
Comedy - This is a fairly dark fantasy aimed toward families with older
children. Although much of the darker events take place off screen,
the general tone may be too intense for really young children.
PROFANITY: One miscellaneous profanity. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A slap; a leech attack. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None. ACTION: One big sequence with a collapsing house. COMEDY: Verbal and physical gags; cute kid humor.
The above rating is an average of the critic reviews below.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events manages to remain witty throughout. Coupled with its fast pace and occasional cliffhangers, that makes it a candidate for an easy recommendation, regardless of whether you have previous experience with the books or not.
Roger EbertFull Review Above Average But there is a problem, and the problem is, everything seems to be an act. Nothing really seems to be at stake...I liked the film, but I'll tell you what. I think this one is a tune-up for the series, a trial run in which they figure out what works and what needs to be tweaked.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is 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.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
We collected 363 moviegoer opinions. Some pretty mixed opinions. Not great, but not too bad. The most important thing is that the kids loved it. Teens weren't too far behind. Most of them enjoyed it very much. As for older moviegoers, about half truly enjoyed it and most of the others thought it was an OK/average movie. Only a small number disliked it. Based on these opinions I would recommend "Lemony Snicket's" as a good family movie. The kids will love it and parents will most likely enjoy to, at least to some degree.