The Secret of Moonacre

The Secret of Moonacre

Orphaned and homeless after the death of her father, 13 year old Maria Merryweather is forced to leave her luxurious life in London to live with her eccentric uncle Sir Benjamin, whom she has never met, at the peculiar Moonacre Manor. Soon Maria finds herself in a disintegrating moonlit world which being torn apart by an ancient dispute with the dark and disturbing De Noir family. Maria learns that she is the last Moon Princess and, with the help of an unlikely selection of allies, she must conquer her family's pride to bring to light the secrets of the past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre vanishes into the sea for all time. 1.8 out of 5 based on 13 reviews
The Secret of Moonacre

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Certificate U
Genre Family / Children
Director Gabor Csupo
Cast Dakota Blue Richards, Tim Curry, Natascha McElhone Ioan Gruffudd
Studio Warner Bros
Release Date February 2009
Running Time 103 minutes
 

Orphaned and homeless after the death of her father, 13 year old Maria Merryweather is forced to leave her luxurious life in London to live with her eccentric uncle Sir Benjamin, whom she has never met, at the peculiar Moonacre Manor. Soon Maria finds herself in a disintegrating moonlit world which being torn apart by an ancient dispute with the dark and disturbing De Noir family. Maria learns that she is the last Moon Princess and, with the help of an unlikely selection of allies, she must conquer her family's pride to bring to light the secrets of the past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre vanishes into the sea for all time.

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Empire Magazine

Helen O'Hara

So-so scripting and odd supporting characters dampen the atmosphere, and Richards fails to engage. Still, the medieval/punk/samurai look works, and kids will like the fairy tale bits.

23/04/2009

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The Evening Standard

Derek Malcolm

The production design gives us plenty for the eye but a dull screenplay and patchy editing hardly bring the fantasy to life.

05/02/2009

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The Daily Express

Allan Hunter

Routine special effects merely add to the impression that this is a second division fantasy.

06/02/2009

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The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw

A sweet if faintly soporific fantasy adventure for family audiences

06/02/2009

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Channel 4 Film

Saxon Bullock

Leaping from its vague, meandering plotline into sudden chase sequences without warning, there's no chance for the film to build up any sense of enchantment or magic. Instead, it settles for clumsy romance, dreadful slapstick and a selection of fart and belch gags aimed purely at the under-tens. This all gets very wearing, and even the editing is abrupt and inconsistently paced, cranking out scenes at such a bizarre rate that it's difficult to get a sense of where we are in the story.

23/04/2009

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Scotland on Sunday

Siobhan Synnot

There's little enchantment to this underwhelming children's fantasy.

08/02/2009

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The Sunday Times

Edward Porter

Richards starred in 2007’s The Golden Compass and, compared with big-budget fantasies of that kind, this smaller effort can’t help looking mimsy, despite its good intentions.

08/02/2009

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Total Film

Tom Charity

Today’s pre-teen girls, all a-twitter over Twilight, will likely find Moonacre a bit dull.

03/02/2009

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Variety

Joe Leydon

Even the most industrious marketing wizards will be hard-pressed to conjure up B.O. magic for "The Secret of Moonacre," a tepid fantasy-adventure weighed down with annoying swaths of leaden whimsy.

10/09/2008

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Time Out

Trevor Johnston

Unfortunately, the fate of Moonacre Valley is a slightly academic issue, so we never care as much as we should. Nicely put together, but just a little dull.

05/02/2009

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The Observer

Philip French

A film about magic that remains obdurately unmagical.

08/02/2009

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The Independent on Sunday

Nicholas Barber

Elizabeth Goudge's children's fantasy novel 'The Little White Horse' was one of the inspirations for the Narnia chronicles and the Harry Potter series, but this abominably shoddy adaptation won't be inspiring anyone.

08/02/2009

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The Daily Mail

Chris Tookey

Stodgily directed by former animator Gabor Csupo (The Bridge To Terabithia), it's slow, boring and bland, with a very uncertain feeling for period.

05/02/2009

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