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The Mortal Instruments (plus bonus feature)

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: An almost random collection of sexy-supernatural teen signifiers aimed at squeezing the penultimate dollars out of a declining trend.

- Andrew O'Hehir,, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fresh: Everything chugs along briskly and reasonably entertainingly until running off the rails a bit with a wildly overcomplicated finale.

- Bruce Ingram, Chicago Sun-Times, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fresh: More than just another watered-down tween franchise wannabe.

- Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Audience Reviews

0 star

This movie is the mother of clichs and predictability. Too fomulaic. It's like a wanna-be Twilight only worse (if that's possible).

- Raajay, Wednesday, December 25, 2013

3 stars

Average supernatural drama that tries hard to immurse you in the story but fails slightly! Lena Headey should have been in it. more :-)

- FiLmCrAzY, Monday, December 23, 2013

3 stars

There is a world hidden within our own. Good movie! I really enjoyed the action sequences. They weren't too short or too long and I felt they were well coordinated. There's definitely enough action for the guys that will be dragged to this with their girlfriends. There are a lot of good elements going on here and a lot of decent acting from people I least expected it given the time they had to actually develop the characters. If you have any interest in watching the movie don't let all the negativity sway you. Go in with an open mind and make your own judgement. I won't say I loved this movie, but I did enjoy it. Set in contemporary New York City, a seemingly ordinary teenager, Clary Fray (Lily Collins), discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. After the disappearance of her mother (Lena Headey), Clary must join forces with a group of Shadowhunters, who introduce her to a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld, filled with demons, warlocks, vampires, werewolves and other deadly creatures. Based on the worldwide best-selling book series.

- MANUGINO, Friday, December 13, 2013