By Francisco Salazar ( | First Posted: Aug 22, 2013 09:33 PM EDT

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On Aug. 21 "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones" was released.  

The film tells the story of Clary Fray who learns that she descends from a line of warriors who protect our world from demons. She joins forces with others like her and heads into a dangerous alternate New York called Downworld.

The movie is the first installment in a series of films planned for the next few years. The film has scored negative reviews with a 15 percent aggregate score on Rotten Tomatoes. Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, "Every moviegoer will have his own breaking point, when 'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' surpasses the mundane and enters the ridiculous."

Jake Coyle of the Associated Press gave the movie one and a half stars out of four and stated, "It desperately gathers clichés like a teen fantasy Frankenstein that doesn't realize its secret identity: parody."

The Hollywood Reporter's Michael Rechtshaffen said, "This desperate 'Twilight' wannabe hits more than its own share of clunky notes."

Jeannette Catsoulis of the New York Times wrote, "References to 'Star Wars' and the Harry Potter and 'Twilight' universes pose less of a problem than the increasingly messy action scenes and an overabundance of main characters, more than enough to fuel several franchises."

Peter Keough of the Boston Globe also disliked the film and stated, "'The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones' plays like a 'Scary Movie' parody."

The new film stars Lilly Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan and Jonathon Rhys Meyers. Harald Zwart directed the film from a screenplay by Jessica Postigo. The Mortal Instruments Sony/Screen Gems will release the film in 3,118 theaters. The movie is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of fantasy violence and action, and some suggestive content.  

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