The lovely bones
rory from Dublin, 14 Jul 2010
Saoirse Ronan is very good is this while Stanley Tucci is outstanding. However I felt Jackson took on too much with this adaptation of book and would have been better off concentrating more on the effects of a family coming to terms with the loss of their daughter.
The cinematography is good but Jackson never gets the balance right. Worth watching though with Ronan underlines her terrific potential after her debut in Atonement a few years ago.
A rather mixed bag of nice and slightly depressing
Martin from Dublin, 15 Dec 2012
I actually liked this. I loved the look of it. They captured the '70s perfectly. I also enjoyed the CGI that so many complained about. The movie itself is very watchable and the performances are very good - with the exception of Stanley Tucci who is absolutely outstanding. There's really not much more to it than what it says in the synopsis, but if you like visual candy floss and a slight attempt at tugging the heart strings,this might be for you.
Ailis from Dublin, 19 Jul 2010
I never usually compare films to the book they were based on, so that is not the reason for my disappointment. Although I enjoyed the scenes rooted in the life Susie leaves behind, it was the "inbetween" world that left me cold. I found the the visuals to be somewhat tacky and and rather cheap looking, I was unmoved by it. ALso Mark Wahlberg is ineffective in the role of the father. Stanley Tucci puts in a brilliant performance though.
Richard from Kildare, 07 Jul 2010
I believe the book is quite a well liked one but having only seen the film I would say avoid at all costs. Peter Jackson finally trips up and gives us a terrible script which could have been written by a 14 year old, add to that some awful editing and you quite quickly lose interest in all of the characters. The acting isn't bad but the poor souls are only doing there best with some awful material.
Very good in places.
joseph from Galway, 24 Jul 2010
The film is well worth watching and at times it delivers some very powerful and disturbing scenes.
The acting is strong and the loss felt by some of the main characters is tangible. The only downside is the very annoying Mother in law who comes to stay and the scenes she is involved in only serve as a distraction to an otherwise emotive story.