IMDb: For generations, the people of the City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights. But Ember's once powerful generator is failing ... and the great lamps that illuminate the city are starting to flicker. Now, two teenagers in a race against time, must search Ember for clues that will unlock the ancient mystery of the city's existence, and help the citizens escape before the lights go out forever.
Roger Ebert: 2 ½ Stars
Michael Phillips: 3 Stars (good)
EW: Gregory Kirschling: B-
A. O. Scott: NA
At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: NA, Ben Lyons: NA
Fandango: 21 Oh No, 18 No, 35 So-So, 37 Go, 34 Must Go
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 47% (Rotten), Top Critics: 61% (Fresh), RT Community: 84% (Rotten)
Metacritic: Critics: 58 out of 100, Users: 6.0 out of 10
Yahoo Movies: Critics: B- Users: B+
Source Material: Based on the book The City of Ember by Jeanne Duprau
Action: Brilliant: Good enough to keep your attention for the full running time.
Acting and Dialogue: Brilliant: It not spectacular but it works for a children’s novel.
Cinematography: Brilliant: The Set Deign and Art Work is what drives the cinematography in this film. Cinematography is more than just beautiful sets and art, it camera angles, lighting and, Mise-en-scène. It had those traits and they were descent but there was no wow factor. With that being said, the Set Deign and Art Work in this film is agreeability Oscar worthy.
Direction: Brilliant: This film is a good paced adventure.
Sound: Common: It was redeemable but at the same time forgettable.
Special and Visual FX: Common: Not a hundred present magical but for a children’s novel it works.
Overall: B-, I recommend this film to families and school who are reading the book right now.