Welcome to KIWIreviews - product reviews
•  click here to return to the homepage  •
Welcome visitor.Join us or log in

Product reviews on KIWIreviews.co.nz : Tuesday 24th September 2019 - 03:43:32

QuickSearch for:    What is QuickSearch?
QuickJump to:    What is QuickJump?
logon name: p/w:  
I want to:

You Are Here...

Home > Categories > Movies > Fantasy > Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events review

« Zoo Tycoon 2 reviewZoo Tycoon 2The Karazan Quartet : 3 : Prince of the Wind reviewThe Karazan Quartet : 3 : Prince of the Wind »

Score: 2.8/10  [5 reviews]
0 out of 5
ProdID: 472 - Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Directed by Brad Silberling

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
December 2004

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events product reviews

A Series of Unfortunate Events, narrated by Lemony Snicket, focuses on three orphans, Klaus the reader, Violet the inventor, and Sunny the biter, who are taken in by a relative Count Olaf, who has plans for the kids, and their inheritance.

Cast Includes:
- Jim Carrey
- Timothy Spall
- Liam Aiken
- Emily Browning
- Meryl Streep
- Jude Law

emily browning   jim carrey   jude law   liam aiken   meryl streep   timothy spall
Other listings you may be interested in:
Beauty and the BeastBeauty and the Beast
Rating: 8.8
Flowers in the Attic (2014)Flowers in the Attic (2014)
Rating: 8.8
Hansel and Gretel: Witch HuntersHansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters
Rating: 5.3
The Boss BabyThe Boss Baby
Rating: 5.0
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2
Rating: 8.8
Pirates of the Caribbean : 2 : Dead Man's ChestPirates of the Caribbean : 2 : Dead Man's Chest
Rating: 9.1
The Emoji MovieThe Emoji Movie
Rating: 3.0
Murder On The Orient ExpressMurder On The Orient Express
Rating: 10.0
The Lego Movie The Lego Movie 
Rating: 9.2
Late NightLate Night
Rating: 7.0
Cracking the Da Vinci CodeCracking the Da Vinci Code
Rating: 5.8
The DuffThe Duff
Rating: 7.6
Pitch Perfect 3Pitch Perfect 3
Rating: 8.5

Product reviews...

Everyone is welcome to post a review. You will need to Join up or log in to post yours.

Click here to read the profile of tessak

Review by: tessak (Tess)
Dated: 28th of April, 2013

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 2.8/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 1 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 4 out of 10
Score 2 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 4 out of 10

Lemony Snicket's A series of Unfortunate Events is one of those movies that the titles suggests you will either love it, hate it, not understand it, or not really know how you feel about it. Me - I do not really know what I truly thought about it. I expected something amazing I think, just because the cast included such huge names; Jim Carrey (everyone knows he is a complete funny guy), Billy Connolly (my all time absolute favourite comedian ever), Jude Law (one of the best actors out) and Meryl Streep (a name most households know). However it was not amazing. Confusing maybe, random even, but definitely not amazing.

Do not get me wrong, there was some really great moments in the movie, probably all those that had Billie in them lol and my kids actually enjoyed it and thought it was great, to the point where they even hired it out again from the video store. But all in all it was pretty random.

Ya got the gist of the story line, but it was just weird. It is loosely based on the first three volumes of the best-selling series of books for intermediate readers, and is about three children (The Baudelaires) who soon become orphans. The events that follow really are a series of unfortunate events.

This is one of those movies that will not be suited to everyone, and one you would need to see yourself to make up your own mind.

Click here to read the profile of mizim

Review by: mizim (Miriam)
Dated: 7th of August, 2012

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 3.8/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 3 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 4 out of 10
Score 4 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 4 out of 10

This was another movie that I went to with my mother when it came out. We had seen the trailers and thought like it looked like a fun little film. I had read the first book as it was hugely popular, and since I worked at the school library and saw it nearly everyday, I thought I should read it. I found the book to be awful and almost mocking me, so had high hopes for the movie.

The start had me genuinely confused, it starts off with a happy elf singing and dancing, and then it tells you that if you want to see a happy movie you had best go to see another film.

While I enjoyed the first viewing of it, it wasn't something I was aiming at owning, but I do, simply because it was a twin pack and cheaper to buy than the one I wanted on its own. I have watched this 3 times since owning it, and it's never gotten any better on repeat viewing. Jim Carrey was too much of the same throughout the movie. The only good acting in the movie was the children.

This isn't a movie I would recommend, if it's on TV, sure, watch it, but otherwise I wouldn't go out of my way to watch it.

Click here to read the profile of kymmage

Review by: kymmage (Kym)
Dated: 29th of May, 2012

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 2.0/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 2 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 2 out of 10
Score 2 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 2 out of 10

I went to see Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events when it first came to the big screen. It was released at the same time as Harry Potter was making a name for itself as a cinematic story. Yet another fantasy based kid's book being converted to movie format. I thought why not give it a go.

Why not? Aside from the delightful Billy Connolly, giving his usual well timed comedic performance, there is no reason to see this film. A tad harsh, but honestly I was not impressed. The plot was so chopped up, it didn't make a lot of sense. I do wish I had read the books. I get the impression they might have made more sense - sometimes movie making leads to cuts to the plot for time reasons.

Jim Carrey is a huge reason not to see this film. I'm often appalled that they refer to him as this talented rubber faced man. He has one face, one look, and one act. Jack Black could act him under the table. This film showcases Carrey's ability to be himself in a different costume.

I wanted so much to like this film, but I just couldn't. If you are thinking of getting a fantasy movie out based on a book, go with Harry Potter or even the Spiderwick Chronicles. They'll be far better value.

Click here to read the profile of tucker

Review by: tucker (Karl)
Dated: 28th of December, 2004

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 3.0/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 2 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 5 out of 10
Score 1 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 4 out of 10

I had a vague idea that I had heard of the books this movie was based on, but that was about it, just a hint that they existed out there somewhere. So I felt safe about seeing this one and assessing it on it's own merits.

Here are my personal highlights from the movie: a) Billy Connolly making an appearance as an eccentric snake expert, and b) the "W. Heath Robinson" meets "Nightmare Before Christmas" kind of science. Huge list. On the other side of the coin, the lowlights were just as few: a) Jim Carrey doing another typical rendition of, well Jim Carrey, and b) the rest of the movie.

With a very mediocre plot, bad acting from even the famous faces, and a very disconnected, highly improbable set of 'events' tied together by the most tenuous of threads... I was frankly bored! The most entertaining bit was overhearing some woman a couple of seats back filling her friends in on the the books. She made a very interesting comment about how the movie filled in some extra details of the characters... so perhaps that was why I found it to be a dud.

Overall, not really impressed. If the books are anything like the movie, they won't find a place in my reading list either. If you enjoyed Nightmare Before Christmas, you might find this to be akin enough to warrant a try. Otherwise, well, I won't be seeing this again any time soon I think.

Click here to read the profile of wheeled thing

Review by: wheeled thing (David)
Dated: 28th of December, 2004

Link to this review Report this review


This Review: 2.3/10
Pay to see it again:
Score 2 out of 10
Attention Span:
Score 3 out of 10
Score 2 out of 10
Personal Choice:
Score 2 out of 10

Well, I would have to agree with the previous reviewer. I found the storyline to be particularly outrageous in some places and the acting - especially from Jim Carrey - was appalling.

I went into this movie not knowing a thing about any books or the story therein, and found that the movie made me wonder if I even want to seek out the books to read them. After much thought, I have come to the final answer - a resounding 'Not a smegging chance'.

Overall, not impressed at all. Not gonna add this to the collection.

Guest comments...

Random listing from 'Movies'...

Score: 6.6
Product reviews for listing 2639: Law Abiding Citizen
Directed by F. Gary Grey

Product image for Law Abiding CitizenWhen a home invasion robbery turns deadly, the lone survivor will stop at nothing to avenge his lost loved ones in Law Abiding Citizen, an explosive examination of blind justice from the director of The Italian Job.

Clyde Shelton is an upstanding family man whose wife and daughter are brutally murdered during a home invasion. When the ... more...

Go to the listing

General Disclaimer...

Protected by Copyscape Plagiarism Checker - Do not copy content from this page. Creative Commons Licence All trademarks, images and copyrights on this site are owned by their respective companies.
KIWIreviews is an independent entity, part of the ePLURIBUS.nz Network. This is a free public forum presenting user opinions on selected products, and as such the views expressed do not necessarily reflect the opinion of KIWIreviews.co.nz and are protected under New Zealand law by the "Honest Opinion" clause of the Defamation Act of 1992. KIWIreviews accepts no liability for statements made on this site, under the assumption that they are the true and honest opinions of the individual posters. In most cases, prices and dates stated are approximate and should be considered as only guidelines.

"It is a curious thing... that every creed promises a paradise which will be absolutely uninhabitable for anyone of civilized taste."
Evelyn Waugh (1903 - 1966)

KIWIreviews Help GuideClick here for the Help Guide Subscribe to our Twitter streamVisit our
Twitter feed
Visit our Facebook pageVisit our
Facebook page
Visit our YouTube ChannelVisit our
YouTube channel
Follow us on instagramVisit our
Instagram album
Visit our Google+ pageVisit our
Google+ page
Visit our Flickr photostreamVisit our
Flickr photostream