The Lovely Bones
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Jake Abel, Michael Imperioli, Nikki SooHoo, Stanley Tucci, Saoirse Ronan
Directed by: Peter Jackson
The plot: On her way home from school, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured to her death by neighbour George Harvey, who dismembers the girl and hides her remains in his cast iron safe in the basement. The police never find Susie, just her woollen hat in a cornfield. Susie's father Jack sacrifices his marriage to embark on a tireless campaign to track down his daughter's killer but there is no evidence to speak of.
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"Ronan gives a wonderful performance but the time spent in Jackson's vision of the afterlife spoils what would have been a fine film."
"Under the hammy direction of Peter Jackson The Lovely Bones has lost its poetic bone structure. What was a complex, quirky novel has been turned into a movie mishmash of Lord of the Rings and High School Musical, with a serial killer thrown in."
"The Lovely Bones features another superb turn from Saoirse Ronan but fails to engage on an emotional level, thanks to a bloated script, over-indulgent special effects, dull supporting characters and a couple of dodgy performances."