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63
Everything chugs along briskly and reasonably entertainingly until running off the rails a bit with a wildly overcomplicated finale.
50
Start with a heaping helping of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." Throw in some "Percy Jackson," a dash of "Twilight," a spoonful of "The Vampire Diaries" and a sprinkling of "Harry Potter," and you end up with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.
50
If you love exposition and shapely if bland young actors in leather, skinny jeans, knee boots, Goth cocktail dresses and heavy eye makeup, this may be the movie for you.
50
The storyline is at times muddled and incoherent. This won't bother readers much since they have the "inside track" on what's happening. Then again, the narrative is so predictable that maybe it doesn't matter.
50
The movie blasts by for a while as an odd and busy slice of highly watchable garbage.
50
Though imaginatively directed by Harald Zwart, Mortal Instruments, which is adapted from Cassandra Clare's YA novels, is marred by significant flaws.
50
Aside from the giggles induced by the romance-novel bits, the movie's principal hazard is exhaustion. There are too many characters, and too many of them spend too much time morphing into something else. Five more like this? That would be demonic.
40
There's a germ of something interesting and different within the film's narrative tangle, but it's unfortunately been subsumed by Hollywood's dedication to replicating previous successes.
40
The New York Times
Too much of the film feels like shorthand, a trail of teasing crumbs to lead us to the inevitable sequels.
40
A ludicrous, borderline-nonsensical supernatural concoction with a slightly redeeming sense of its own silliness.
40
There's so much bouncing around in tone and story that this film never really finds its footing. It flounders around trying to figure out what it should be, and never really settles on anything.
40
Despite the overstuffed assortment of vampires, werewolves, warlocks and demons of all shapes and sizes, The Mortal Instruments seldom feels like anything more than a shameless, soulless knockoff.
38
Though it has flashes of promise, Bones traces the footsteps of its fantasy film predecessors too closely to blaze anything close to an original narrative.
25
This is a story that has everything you're looking for, provided that you're looking for absolutely nothing.
25
The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones hopes to be the start of a new franchise for tweens and Twihards, but the twuth is this twash is anything but a twiumph.
25
Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous.
20
If only the fantasy surrounding her made a lick of sense. Here, the Muggle types are known as the “Mundane.” An apt label for a wanna-be franchise with plenty of sheen and nothing to say.
20
This one is by far the worst of the “Twilight” copies. And when that bunch includes “The Host” and “I Am Number Four,” that's saying something.

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