Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

Released 2004


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Brad Silberling

Lemony Snicket's a Series of Unfortunate Events is a 2004 film based on the books A Series of Unfortunate events: The Bad Beginning, The Reptile Room, The Wide Window, about the Baudelaire orphans- Violet (Emily Browning), Klaus (Liam Aiken), Sunny (Kara and Shelby Hoffman), who are taken in by their uncle, Count Olaf (Jim Carrey). After a fire has destroyed their home and taken their parents lives, the three are sent to live with Olaf, who is only interested in the inheritance the children are set to receive when the eldest is of age. When Olaf stages a train accident to try to kill the children, he loses custody and they are sent to live with their uncle, Dr. Montgomery Montgomery. Olaf, however, doesn't give up that easily. His dastardly plots to destroy any new guardian the children go to live with must be foiled before they end up dead by his hand. Luckily, the children, even baby Sunny, are creative and possess extraordinary intelligence that rivals even Olaf's steadfast determination. The rest of the novels in the series, slated to eventually be made into a sequel to the film, are The Miserable Mill, The Austere Academy, The Ersatz Elevator, The Vile Village, The Hostile Hospital, The Carnivorous Carnival, The Slippery Slope, The Grim Grotto, The Penultimate Peril, and The End.



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  • 70

    Variety Scott Foundas

    Snicket's macabre tale of three newly orphaned siblings has been lavishly visualized. But for all its elaborate splendor, production pic lacks the feeling and imagination that have...

  • 60

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Silberling has made a movie that's far rougher in texture and tone than Mr. Handler's books, but while he doesn't have the author's sense of whimsy (or irony) he manages to con...

  • 60

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    What the movie lacks, alarmingly, is a shriveled black heart, or a big, red tell-tale one pulsing beneath the floorboards -- anything, really, that might infuse it with the sense o...

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horrible people, grown up kids, child hero, bookworms, Dark Comedy