Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

6.81 h 47 min2004X-RayPG
A thrilling misadventure involving three ingenious orphans and a villainous actor named Count Olaf (Jim Carrey) who wants their enormous fortune.
Brad Silberling
Jim CarreyJude LawLiam Aiken
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Emily BrowningTimothy SpallKara HoffmanCatherine O'HaraShelby HoffmanBilly ConnollyCedric The EntertainerLuis GuzmanJennifer CoolidgeJamie HarrisMeryl StreepCraig Ferguson
Jim Van WyckScott RudinWalter ParkesLaurie MacDonaldAlbie HechtJulia Pistor
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4.6 out of 5 stars

3539 global ratings

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NicoleReviewed in the United States on July 27, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wished I hadn't watched it -- even though it was free
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This movie was dark and melancholy. It reminded me of a Tim Burton movie with the characters so weird they seem creepy. Hardly was there a likable character aside from the children. The littlest child was the only light in the movie with her silly comments and adorableness. I wouldn't watch it just for her though. After we finished the movie, my husband and I were both depleted from such a sad tale with no joy to be had from watching it. There is also this creepy scene where Olaf marries the 14-year-old girl. I told myself it's just for Olaf to get the money, it's not being weird...but then he starts talking about how she will clean his feet after marriage...and it was just too much. There are 14-year-old girls taken by older men in marriage or in sex trafficking and it sickens me. I tried to get over that scene but it was just one more dark scene in a movie that I didn't enjoy.
32 people found this helpful
Charles BernreuterReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Making Pedophilia normal
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Quote from the movie, "If you like reasonably attractive orphan's." 2:04 into the movie. The orphan's are 14 years old. This movie is another attempt to normalize sick perversion.
12 people found this helpful
Debra E. M.Reviewed in the United States on December 28, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
NOT Walt Disney
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This made my list of favorite movies. It is a fairy tale in the style of the brothers Grimm, dark, dangerous and with no guarantee of a happy ending, but the narrator says so at the start and he isn't kidding. The books are just as dark, but the movie is far better, accurately extracting the most interesting stuff, mostly from the first three books in the series. I found the rest of the books gimmicky, repetitive and a slog to get through, which is possibly why a sequel was talked about but never made. The cast is fantastic, as are the story adaptation, sets, costumes, special effects, etc. The characters Violet and Klaus are brave, smart, resourceful, independent and loving with their very unusual baby sister, which might provide a good example for young teens without being preachy or cloying, There is plenty of subtle humor for adults, as well.
7 people found this helpful
Michael RReviewed in the United States on July 13, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
My family hated Lemony Snicket's
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Horrible, not funny, waste of electrons. I kept waiting for the entertaining part to begin, and it never does.
The movie is dingy and grey, with nothing nice to look at. Pure crap.
10 people found this helpful
XelaReviewed in the United States on November 21, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Criminally Overlooked Classic that Deserves to be Seen in High Definition
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Everything about "Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfirtunate Events" from the acting, the direction, the design, the music and to even the visual effects (for its time) cries to be a much better film than it was given credit to. Perhaps it couldn't quite find the right niche of audience: too comedic and quirky to be taken seriously; too dark and ominous to be a family film; yet too much heart to be a black comedy. Nevertheless, amidst its stunning style and otherworldly visuals, and its narrator's insistence of it being "extremely unpleasant", it tackles some very heavy life subjects with surprisingly mature and moving manner, and it's made all the more heartbreaking by the fine jobs the three young actors have done.

And there's Jim Carrey. Love him or hate him, I cannot imagine another person in the world that could make the despicable Count Olaf even remotely close to being so maniacally hilarious. This is undoubtably the role he was born to play. Too bad the chance for him to reprise this character seems ever slimer as time passes.

The film isn't without its flaws, one comes to mind is its rather rushed pacing - as each event weren't given enough time to be properly fleshed out before being propelled into the next. However the ride along is so thrilling and imaginative, it should hardly be the reason for anyone not to be entertained.

The Blu-ray version of this film is a welcomed upgrade of its DVD counterpart. While the packaging and menu design seem to have taken a backstep (the 2-disc collector's edition DVD cover art and menu are gorgeous). All the special features have been ported over from the collector's edition, albeit in standard definition. These are in-depth, quality documentaries and extra scenes, though, which is becoming rarer in the recent release. (Be sure to check out the outtakes with Jim Carrey - they are probably funnier than any comedy that came out in the past ten years).

If you are a fan, the video quality upgrade alone is worth the upgrade at the under $10 price tag. If you have never seen the film, there's very little reason why you shouldn't give it a try now.
42 people found this helpful
CarineReviewed in the United States on July 18, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I totally identified with this story
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For those who wrote a poor review saying it is normalizing pedophilia, I will refrain from quoting legal statutes which clarify the term. I will point out; however, that no where in the film did anyone but the character, Olaf, think marrying a 14-year old girl was a good thing. This was an artistic portrayal of the darkness of this reality rather than a promotion of it.

I totally identified with this story because my life has been a constant series of unfortunate events. I had thought of writing a book; but, my best friend told me, "No one will believe this much bad stuff happens to just one person." Perhaps, the writer of this story was able to write it based upon experience. I would like to think so. In no way because I would wish the kind of life I have experienced on anyone; rather, only in that I would feel less alone.
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LeonelaReviewed in the United States on April 26, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
The movie is very good, but I bought it used and the DVD didn't play well.
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This is a good movie (although very negative for kids). Now, there's a remake, but I wanted the version with Jim Carrey. But the used DVD I got wouldn't play right. Because of this experience, I decided I would never again buy a used CD or DVD no matter how good it claims to be. Even if it says, Like New, I won't ever buy any CDs or DVDs anywhere. I lost money with this purchase.
To be clear: I would give this movie FIVE STARS. I just bought a used DVD that happened to not be good and so, I give the DVD one star, because zero stars is not a choice.
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AquaEvaReviewed in the United States on March 16, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Grab your Popcorn and Get Ready!
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This movie is such a make you feel good film that has you watching it over and over. The characters are colorful and the story line coincides with those horrible days that have you thinking; "This day can't get any worse." Jim Carrey makes the perfect villain in this movie and has you laughing very hard all the while rooting for those children to overcome their present adversities. Grab your popcorn and get read for this wonderful adventure this movie takes you on.
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