The Seeker

Movie review by
Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media
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Disappointing adaptation of a great kids' book.
  • PG
  • 2007
  • 94 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 9 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness

Teams of birds and snakes attack at different times -- the Old Ones are completely covered in snakes at one point (they seem oddly calm about it). A crypt is littered with bones -- there's one shocking close-up of a skull. The masked Black Rider is always in pursuit -- sometimes with black, curtainy emptiness swirling around him, sucking up everything in its path. Will sets off an explosion in anger and knocks his brother out with a punch. Mention of a kidnapping that devastated Will's parents. A medieval village is pillaged. A bar in 1690 stages a cockfight (not shown). Giant icicles crash down on Will's family, and they're threatened by forces of the Dark to get to Will.

Sexy Stuff

Teens engage in mild flirting. Teasing about puberty and body changes.


iPod and Xbox

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some wine and ale drinking by adults. Two men let themselves into a pub during the snowstorm and pour themselves pints.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that one scene in this fantasy movie stands out as too much for younger kids: Hundreds and hundreds of snakes attack people in a church, pursuing the teen hero to a crypt littered with skeletons (one of which briefly comes to life). Black birds gather in droves and attack, and Will is constantly pursued by a dark force, most often in the form of a masked man on horseback. The forces also threaten Will's whole family; at one point, giant icicles rain down on them. Will witnesses some violent events in his time travels, including the pillaging of a medieval village and the start of a cockfight in a tavern. In anger and frustration, he sets off a fiery explosion. Adults drink a little ale and wine.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byClarissa H. February 11, 2017

Thankful for Common Sense Media!

I am so thankful for Common Sense Media and other parents taking time to write reviews! I checked this movie out from my library and then decided I should look... Continue reading
Parent of a 6 and 8-year-old Written byjcmom April 9, 2008

Not for those under 13!

Too scary/violent/dark/evil...
Kid, 10 years old May 22, 2010

not like the book at all

This is the WORST adaption of one of the most brilliant books (The Dark is Rising), I detest what they turned the book into! It made me want to throw up.
Teen, 14 years old Written byOldBob13 April 24, 2010

Despite some cool effects, this book adaptation disappoints

When I first saw The Seeker in theaters a few years ago, I thought it was so good. But when I got it on DVD a little while later, I thought it was just OK. Firs... Continue reading

What's the story?

Will (Alexander Ludwig) is an average kid celebrating his 14th birthday as Christmas vacation starts. On his birthday, he notices some strange changes: Dogs growl at him, blackbirds gather in his presence, and TVs are all static when he's around. When Will's family attends a holiday party at Miss Greythorne's mansion, finally some of the strange goings-on start to make sense. Miss Greythorne (Frances Conroy), her "butler" Merriman (Ian McShane), and a few other locals are Old Ones -- time travelers/warriors who serve the Light and banish the Dark. Will learns he's an Old One, too and has a job to do: Find six signs before the forces of the dark take over the world. The signs are hidden in some ingenious places and spaces in time, and it's a nice vacation from the rest of the movie to travel there, because back in the present you're bogged down by Will's troubled love life and a family secret about his father.

Is it any good?

Kids pining for a new Harry Potter-style fantasy film epic will have to keep the vigil going. Will Stanton, seventh son of a seventh son, seeker of the signs that will save all from darkness, makes a fine hero in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising book series, but the movie adaptation is lousy. Even though a few CGI moments are great fantasy fun, the story is so muddled -- and so unnecessarily altered from the source material -- that it may make you side with the dark forces just this once. Will's growing relationship with the Old Ones and his realization that he's special and has a calling just isn't developed well. The movie's ending is strange and implausible, even for fantasy, and brings up all sorts of questions that future books in Cooper's series won't answer -- because they were not in the book to begin with.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the themes in this movie that they've seen in other fantasy movies and books -- like dark riders, forces of light and dark, the gathering of signs, time travel, and reluctant heroes. Which specific books or movies does this one remind you of? Why? If kids have read the book, they can talk about the differences in this telling (expect them to be talking for a long time...).

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