Silberling does a good job of introducing Snicket to the big screen in an impressive adaptation thats always smart, even if its rarely spectacular.
Manages to remain witty throughout.
Snicket's macabre tale of three newly orphaned siblings has been lavishly visualized. But for all its elaborate splendor, production pic lacks the feeling and imagination that have distinguished the best recent kidpics.
Nathan RabinThe A.V. Club
At its best, A Series Of Unfortunate Events is the stuff nightmares are made of, a sick joke of a film that realizes the best children's entertainment doesn't hide from the bleaker side of life, but plunges into the void and respects kids enough to assume they can handle it.
Luke Y. ThompsonDallas Observer
Just might be Jim Carrey's finest screen role...The rest of the movie, however, isn't quite up to Carrey's level.