City of Ember

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20th Century Fox Released 2008

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Director:
Gil Kenan
Released:
2008
Rating:
PG
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.

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  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    At only 95 minutes, the movie feels as though it had been shredded in the editing room. In Hollywood-speak, it has a weak second act.

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times

    None of this means that the film is necessarily enjoyable to watch, however, which is often the problem when the rigors of inspired storytelling can't live up to an imaginatively d...

  • 50

    Variety Justin Chang

    A fabulously designed underground metropolis proves more involving than the teenagers running through its streets in City of Ember, a good-looking but no more than serviceable adap...

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    rebellious youth, for dreamers, nerd fantasy, hostile monsters, kids hijinks