Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium
When Mr. Magorium (Hoffman), the proprietor of a magical toy store where all the toys are alive, announces that he will at long last hand over the reigns of his empire to his faithful cashier (Portman), the store decides to throw an unusual tantrum.
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Fresh: The trailers make the movie look like the ickiest kind of whimsy, accompanied by obstreperous special effects, but the film itself is gasp-worthy.
- Alonso Duralde, MSNBC, Thursday, June 24, 2010
Fresh: Like the store, the movie is chockablock with playthings -- puns, graphics, and music -- that make the life lessons easier to absorb.
- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, November 16, 2007
Rotten: ... never quite as magical as it wants to be.
- Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat, Thursday, June 24, 2010
I've seen it once and the movie is so not memorable. Natalie Portman and Dustin Hoffman have better things to do than be in this movie. The only good thing that came out of this movie was Kermit the Frog's cameo.
- coollala0910, Monday, August 16, 2010
An extremely underrated kids film that I have waited far too long to see. Dustin Hoffman plays a character that you can easily fall in love with, and Natalie Portman alongside him, plays the perfect role to add that much more spirit to the film. It's never dull (ironic), it's fun, witty, charming, and beautifully crafted. The CGI is funny but it's a kids movie, so who cares. It's harmless fun entertainment that hopefully people of all ages will enjoy, because I sure did. Jason Bateman plays a very boring and straightforward character who ends up actually being delightful. This film is not a just a fun kids movie, but it has loads of spiritual meaning on the outside. Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium soars with imagination!
- fb733768972, Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium isn't without magic, Dustin Hoffman is really good as the title character and its use of special effects is non-gratuitous and well balanced. It also approaches the subject of death really nicely and probably could be shown to kids as a tool on how to deal with bereavement. Unfortunately though, there are holes. Natalie Portman's performance is far from magical, the whole production seems rushed and you can't help but feel you've seen this movie before. Great for young kids, although there may be tears before bedtime. Best bit: Kermit the Frog cameo! The world would be a better place if at least one Muppet stared in every film, don't you think?
- SirPant, Monday, December 20, 2010