Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium

2008-01-15 11:16
What it's about:

Molly Mahoney (Natalie Portman) is the awkward and insecure manager of Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, the strangest, most fantastic, most wonderful toy store in the world. But when Mr. Magorium, a 243-year-old eccentric (Dustin Hoffman), bequeaths the store to her, a dark and ominous change begins to take over the once remarkable Emporium.

What the critics say:

"Never promise wonder when all you've got is manufactured whimsy."
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

"The walls of multiplex theaters may not shake and weep upon its departure, but as a holiday alternative for kids, OD'ing on Willy Wonka, you could do worse."
Jan Stuart, Newsday

"There isn't anything terribly exciting or original on offer... but there's nothing offensive either."
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

"Sprinkles in charming moments but ultimately doesn't evoke enough wonderment to overcome its tongue-twisting title and completely win over adults along with kids."
Brian Lowry, Variety

"For all its playful touches and neat-o nostalgia for nondigital entertainment, the whimsy feels forced."
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
An awkward and insecure store manager inherits a magical toy shop from her eccentric boss.

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