Distributor: Troublemaker Studios (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Writer(s): Robert Rodriguez (written by)
Staring: Jimmy Bennett, Jake Short, Trevor Gagnon, Devon Gearhart, Jolie Vanier, Rebel Rodriguez, Leo Howard
MPAA Rating: Rated PG for mild action and some rude humor.
Running Time: 89 min (1 hr and 29 min)
Synopsis: A young boy's discovery of a colorful, wish-granting rock causes chaos in the suburban town of Black Falls when jealous kids and scheming adults alike set out to get their hands on it.
Roger Ebert: NA Stars
Michael Phillips: NA Stars
EW: Lisa Schwarzbaum: C+
At The Movies: Ben Mankiewicz: NA, Ben Lyons: NA
Rotten Tomatoes: T-Meter: 44% (Rotten), Top Critics: 56% (Rotten), RT Community: 29% (Rotten)
Metacritic: Critics: 53 out of 100, Users: NA out of 10
MRQE Metric: 52: (5.9% A, 27.7% B, 39.2% C, 26.2% D, and 0.0% F)
Yahoo Movies: Critics: C+ Users: B-
Source Material: An Original written by Robert Rodriguez.
Acting and Dialogue: B: By far the best actors were the adult actor like William H. Macy and Leslie Mann.
Art Direction: B-: It had decent art direction.
Cinematography: B: It was good, Robert Rodriguez is a decent cinematographer.
Direction: A: Robert Rodriguez does everything hence the nickname "the wizard" but out all his jobs he best work come as a director.
Screenplay: B-: The story was whimsical for kids but same time undertone themes for adults. Event thought it didn't pull the perfect family film like Pixar it still did a good job in my opinion.
Sound and Music: B: I liked the music
VFX: B-: Good but pretty much on the average level
Overall: B-: Today kids films try to have elements that will please both adults and kids. Most movies that try this fail except for the all so favorite movie studio Pixar. Until this film, I believe it succeed in finding a good balance between kid friendly and adult humor. So I am going to recommend it for a family film night .