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Rated PG-13 · 130 minutes · 2013

Action, Fantasy
There are a half-dozen books in the Mortal Instruments series, but the odds are we’ll never get to see six movies. The first installment, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, has already been declared a box-office failure and the second is already in production … apparently for nobody in particular. It’s that same Twilight stuff all over again—haunted teenage girl meets smoldering slightly older British man-beast during a battle for eternity. But this isn’t even up to those meager standards. Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower have zero spark between them. And without that, the supernatural junk weighs this movie down even more. It’s also beset with pacing problems, too much story (trying to set up future chapters that will likely never be filmed), and some first-class dopiness, even for a young adult adaptation.


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Official Site: www.themortalinstrumentsmovie.com
Director: Harald Zwart
Producer: Robert Kulzer, Don Carmody, Bob Shaye, Michael Lynne and Martin Moszkowicz
Cast: Lily Collins, Jamie Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Harry Van Gorkum, Robert Maillet, Stephen Hart, Chris Ratz, Elyas M'Barek and Chad Connell

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Creative Loafing Tampa The Mortal Instruments make bad music Watching this latest fantasy adaptation will actually make you want to pick up a book. by Katy Williamson 08/21/2013
North Coast Journal Growing Pains Kick-Ass and Hit Girl hit the awkward stage by John J. Bennett 08/22/2013
The Coast Halifax The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones Make up an ab routine involving runes, stat. by Tara Thorne 08/22/2013
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Portland Mercury Bad Romance Mortal Instruments: Maybe fanfic shouldn't be made into movies. by Elinor Jones 08/21/2013
NUVO The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones runs a little over two hours. As NUVO's film critic of 17 years, I am proud to have sat through it on your behalf." by Ed Johnson-Ott 08/21/2013

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