The Lovely Bones

January 15th, 2010

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The Lovely Bones

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Centers on a young girl who has been murdered and watches over her family - and her killer - from heaven. She must weigh her desire for vengeance against her desire for her family to heal.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 6.6/10 (58,603 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Peter Jackson

Stars: Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Saoirse Ronan

A 14-year-old girl in suburban 1970's Pennsylvania is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from the place between Heaven and Earth, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body.

Writers: Fran Walsh, Philippa Boyens

Mark Wahlberg - Jack Salmon
Rachel Weisz - Abigail Salmon
Susan Sarandon - Grandma Lynn
Stanley Tucci - George Harvey
Michael Imperioli - Len Fenerman
Saoirse Ronan - Susie Salmon
Rose McIver - Lindsey Salmon
Christian Thomas Ashdale - Buckley Salmon (as Christian Ashdale)
Reece Ritchie - Ray Singh
Carolyn Dando - Ruth Connors
Nikki SooHoo - Holly (as Nikki Soohoo)
Andrew James Allen - Samuel Heckler
Jake Abel - Brian Nelson
Amanda Michalka - Clarissa (as AJ Michalka)
Thomas McCarthy - Principal Caden (as Tom McCarthy)

Taglines: The story of a life and everything that came after...


Official Website: Official site | Official site [France] |

Release Date: 15 January 2010

Filming Locations: Camperdown Studios, Camperdown Road, Miramar, Wellington, New Zealand

Box Office Details

Budget: $65,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $116,616 (USA) (13 December 2009) (3 Screens)

Gross: $43,818,839 (USA) (7 March 2010)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

A small copy of Caspar David Friedrich's 'Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog' is visible in Jack Salmon's room.

Plot holes: Jack starts developing Susie's 24 rolls of film at the rate of one per month about 6 months after her death. However, according to the article in Harvey's scrapbook, it is at least 4.5 years after Susie's death when Jack collects the final roll.

[first lines]
Susie Salmon: [voiceover] I remember being really small; too small to see over the edge of a table. There was a snow globe, and I remember the penguin who lived inside the globe. He was all alone in there, and I worried for him.

User Review

Wait.... hang on a minute!!!!

Rating: 8/10

I just saw The Lovely Bones today & having let it set in I thought it was a tremendous film!!! OK, I'll admit that Peter Jackson tried a little too much to overpower the film with CGI but that does not take anything away from the heart & emotion this film can generate.

Firstly the acting is absolutely superb with fine performances all round. Saoirse Ronan (from my homeland - Ireland) is a revelation as Susie Salmon. I have yet to see such a gifted piece of acting from such a young actress since Natalie Portman in Léon. She has been robbed of a nomination for a truly Oscar-worthy performance. Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon & of course Stanley Tucci (one of the finest supporting actors in modern times) are all convincing here too.

I believe that when the nay-sayers saw the level of CGI they lost interest & forgot what this film can really offer you at its core - tension, heartbreak, thrills & joy.

If you really make the effort to delve into this film, you will come out with a tear in your eye. If not, then I pity you for not being able to look past the CGI blunders & see a really emotional film.

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