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100
Chicago Tribune
Exceptionally clever, hilariously gloomy and bitingly subversive.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
Much credit for this delightfully morose children's film must go to director Brad Silberling's careful orchestration. Please note, in the vocabulary-building spirit of the Snicket books, that the word "orchestration'' here means "coaxing good performances out of child actors and keeping Jim Carrey in check.''
75
The film's no masterpiece, but at least you're in the hands of people who know what they're doing.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
A pessimistic chronicle that even optimistic 8-year-olds can love.
75
Miami Herald
A work of wonderfully sinister fantasy. Director Brad Silberling is always mindful of his kiddie audience -- the movie is never even remotely scary.
75
ReelViews
Manages to remain witty throughout.
63
A visually arresting and entertaining romp, but it lacks some of the sardonic humor of the popular children's books on which the movie is based.
63
New York Daily News
A series of unfortunate events occurred during the making of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events and they all had to do with Jim Carrey.
60
The Hollywood Reporter
Devolves into a repetitive comedy that squanders a hugely talented cast.
58
Entertainment Weekly
Isn't nearly as cheerily unpleasant as it ought to be.
40
Wall Street Journal
Jim Carrey is the prime offender here. He's such an unseemly showoff that the movie keeps stopping in its tracks.

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