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The Lovely Bones (2009)

Saoirse Ronan , Mark Wahlberg , Peter Jackson  |  PG-13 |  DVD
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  • Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (503 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson comes the extraordinary story about one girl’s life, and everything that came after. When 14-year-old Susie Salmon was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. But now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father catch her killer and protect her family before she can finally move on. Filled with thrilling suspense, hope and the redeeming power of love, it’s “One of the best films of the year. Incredibly powerful.” – Harry Knowles, Ain’t it Cool News

Director Peter Jackson takes a personal, risky leap in his direction of the film version of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones. Yet the leap pays off, in emotional depth and riveting visuals that transport the viewer to other worlds--even ones the viewer may not want to visit. The Lovely Bones is lofted by its star-making performance by the young Saoirse Ronan (Atonement), who plays Susie Salmon, the 14-year-old girl who is murdered early in the film, and who narrates the action from her "in-between place" after dying but before going to heaven. Ronan makes Susie as earthy and awkward as any young teen, yet her presence, and her gorgeous pale eyes, remind viewers that she's otherworldly too. The Lovely Bones takes some big departures from the book, as many critics have pointed out, but it works well on its own merits. The drama involves how (even whether) Susie's family will recover after her ghastly murder, and what happens to her killer and the futile-seeming search for justice and closure. The entire cast is stellar, including Mark Wahlberg and Rachel Weisz as Susie's nearly destroyed parents; the composed young New Zealand actress Rose McIver, who plays Susie's younger sister, whom Susie watches grow up to be the young woman that Susie will never get to be; and Susan Sarandon, the boozy, wisecracking grandmother who may or may not be able to help keep the family from splintering into a million pieces. The other true standout is Stanley Tucci, almost unrecognizable as the quiet, creepy neighbor who kills Susie, obsessing over every detail and perhaps having left a whole trail of gruesome murders in his shambling wake. Jackson's deft direction keeps the mourning humans moving along believably, numbly, and gives breathtaking life to the afterlife, in scenes of fantasy and dread that recall his Heavenly Creatures. The film is rated PG-13 but is not recommended for younger teenagers because of its intense subject matter, though handled delicately. --A.T. Hurley

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why is this movie getting such bad reviews?! January 19, 2010
I'm a fan of the book this movie is based on, and although Peter Jackson took some liberties with the story, the result was an emotional and visually stunning film. "The Lovely Bones" tells the story of Suzie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old girl who is murdered by a neighborhood predator (Stanley Tucci). As the Salmon family copes with their tragedy, Susie's spirit hovers in the "in-between" that exists between heaven and Earth. Unable to let go of her previous life, Susie keeps a watchful eye on her family and her murderer, hoping that justice will ultimately be served and that she and her loved ones can finally move on.

I appreciated that the film didn't show Susie's violent murder on screen, which would have been extremely disturbing. The film does a fantastic job of portraying Susie in her in-between world, which is beautiful to watch. I wish Susan Sarandon was given more screen time, because she is hilarious in her role as the drunk grandmother. Tucci gives a terrifying portrayal of a child killer, and Ronan's performance as Susie is very understated and sincere.

Overall, I enjoyed the movie very much.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars absolutely brilliant April 22, 2010
By Ohioan
I long ago realized critics are like wild animals feasting on a carcass. Once one tears away at the flesh and finds something to feast on, more swarm in and work their jaws. Truly, I cannot fathom what led so many critics to pan this film.
Is it the book? No. It is its own work and every bit as entertaining and engrossing. Every element of the film drew me in; it was paradox of sorts, as real as it was surreal. I found myself cringing at one moment and tearing up at another. I never noticed the acting because I believed the characters to be real; the movie brought to life the 70's in a way few have for me. Now, an hour after I finished watching it, I find myself wanting to re-visit the film, this time paying more attention to the craft of the thing.
Years ago, when I was young with small children, I lost my husband to a sudden, violent death in a plane crash. I understand the spiritual connection that lingers. I imagined many times what the transition might have been like for him as he left behind those he loved. I still at times catch my breath as I think of him and wonder if he still sees us and remembers. Perhaps that is the reason I love this film: it is part thriller, part exploration of death. Its poetic and haunting handling of loss carried me along and will long stay with me.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful
I never read the novel, so that might be the reason I'm not as critical as most when it comes to The Lovely Bones. Peter Jackson as many critics have now said, may not have been the perfect fit for this movie. He is a wonderful visual director, but his vision of the in-between feels out oddly out of place. The CGI is well done and quite beautiful, but it did nothing more than distract me from the characters that I was beginning to care about. Thankfully these sequences were just short enough to not ruin the experience. The acting was pretty solid. Mark Wahlberg is often hit or miss, but he was suprisingly believable here. Susan Sarandon provided some offbeat humor and Rachel Weisz was decent, even though her role was thinly written. The two standouts were Saorise Ronan and Stanley Tucci. I see a big career in the future for this young actress. There is something about her that grabs and holds your attention. Stanley Tucci was creepy to the core, though I find it hard to believe that anyone would think he was normal. The way he looked and interacted with people should have sent up major red flags. There were two scenes of suspense involving his character that were well executed. The music hit the right emotional notes when needed and the story itself proved horrific enough to make a strong impact on me.

The Lovely Bones is getting bashed way too heavily by most critics. I know it has its share a flaws, but the fact that I was thinking about the film all the way home from the theater shows the true power it possesses if you go in with an open mind.

3 and 1/2 out of 5 stars
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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely wallow of deep depression March 25, 2010
Some drama films are the kind that you feel emotional resonance for the characters, feel mildly engaged by the plot, think about it for a few seconds after leaving the theater, get into your car, get pissed off at a stupid driver, and quickly move back into your own life. The Lovely Bones isn't that kind of movie.

Director Peter Jackson, of Lord of the Rings and King Kong fame, doesn't seem like the most obvious choice to direct the adaptation of the seemingly untouchable Alice Sebold novel, but he does his best, by staying close to the source material, but occasionally taking things out here and there. He also brings alot of ah-mazing CGI shots that are so gorgeous, they may be worth the price of admission alone, and I doubt we would've had that type of a movie if anybody else had directed it. However, you get the feeling that Jackson paid too much attention to the CGI aspect, while he could've dealt with the center plot issue with more directorial sensitivity, mocking the same way the book was written, and that's what stops this from being a perfect movie.

The plot centers around Susie Salmon (played by Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered in 1973. Ronan was absolutely perfect in this role. She showed promise in the 2007 film Atonement, where she also played a terrified youth who is dealing with an unbelievable situation. In the film, Susie is watching over her family, the boy she was in love with, and her killer -- from her own personal heaven.

Stanley Tucci nails his role, playing the demented serial killer Mr. Harvey.
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Excellent movie !!!
Published 2 days ago by Michael A Gilliam
5.0 out of 5 stars This movie means a lot to me and my best friend. (I got better)
I watched this movie while I was dying of cancer. This movie means a lot to me and my best friend. (I got better)
Published 5 days ago by N. Pattengale
4.0 out of 5 stars The movie missed out on the growing relationships over the years and...
The movie was visually stunning, and having just read the book, the movie made sense. Several friends who saw it and didn't read it thought it was confusing. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Undeniably affecting, but very odd
There appear to be 3 or 4 different movies going on at the same time: a CGI spectacle (the "heaven" scenes have too much CGI -as Viggo Mortensen has noted-the film may... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars The movie was very sad and touching
The movie was very sad and touching. It makes you more aware of the importance of our children. Also to watch people around us because you never know. Read more
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My girls suggested I should look at this movie and I was very impress.
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$19.99 at Best Buy!
Good price, but Amazon dropped down to $21.49, which makes it cheaper for me in Ca. because of sales tax being about 10%. Plus, it'll be at my door when I get home from work. Can't beat that. Saves a trip.
Apr 18, 2010 by Ray O. Blu |  See all 4 posts
$44 for this movie?
thats crazy,its maybe whorth 23 or 24 at the most
Feb 15, 2010 by Emma M. Mitchell |  See all 7 posts
Sony firmware issue
Also would not play on my S350, along with several other discs (some other discs played without problems). I ordered a firmware update disc from Sony (they only charge for postage) and my discs still wouldn't play. I then tried a CD lens cleaner and now they all play. You can also do the update... Read More
Oct 9, 2013 by Ben G. |  See all 2 posts
bonus disc
Just English as for subs.. not sure.
Feb 1, 2011 by movie man |  See all 2 posts
lovely bones what's included
Just blu-ray.

Dvd has NO extras :/
May 28, 2010 by Michael |  See all 4 posts
Movie was underrated IMO, tho I never read the book. I liked it alot. Be the first to reply
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