Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Critic Consensus: Bridge to Terabithia is a faithful adaptation of a beloved children's novel and a powerful portrayal of love, loss, and imagination through children's eyes.
"Bridge to Terabithia" is a fantasy/adventure story of friendship, family and the power of imagination Jess Aarons is an outsider at school and even in his own family. Jess has trained all summer to become the fastest kid in his middle school class but his goal is unexpectedly thwarted by the new girl in school, Leslie Burke who competes in the "boys only" race and wins. Despite their awkward introduction, the two outsiders quickly become best friends. Leslie loves to tell stories of fantasy and magic. Jess loves to draw, but until he met Leslie, it was something he kept to himself. Leslie opens a new world of imagination for Jess. Together they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia, a magical place only accessible by swinging on an old rope over a stream in the woods near their homes. There, the friends rule the kingdom, fight the Dark Master and his creatures and plot against the school bullies. Thanks to his friendship with Leslie, Jess is changed for good. Brimming with fantastical creatures, palaces and beautiful forests, the world of Terabithia is brought to life. … More
|Rating:||PG (for thematic elements including bullying, some peril and mild language)|
|Genre:||Action & Adventure, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy|
|Directed By:||Gabor Csupo|
|Written By:||Katherine Paterson, David Paterson, Jeff Stockwell, David L. Paterson|
|In Theaters:||Feb 16, 2007 Wide|
|On DVD:||Jun 19, 2007|
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as Jesse Aarons
as Leslie Burke
as Ms. Edmonds
as Jack Aarons
as May Belle Aarons
as Ellie Aarons
as Joyce Aarons
as Bill Burke
as Judy Burke
as Grandma Burke
as Nancy Aarons
as Brenda Aarons
as Mrs. Myers
as Principal Turner
as First Grade Girl
as Willard Hughes
as Dark Master
as Janice Avery
as Scott Hoager
as Gary Fulcher
as First Grade Girl
as Eight Grade Boy
as First Grade Boy
as Mr. Bailey
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Critic Reviews for Bridge to Terabithia
Bridge to Terabithia is not only faithful to the novel but also stands to become a beloved family movie.
This screen adaptation of Katherine Paterson's now-classic novel for young readers tells its story with agreeable simplicity in between computer-generated monsters.
The special effects suggest a Narnia-like romp, but the movie has a darker, more sorrowful landscape to explore and it does so brilliantly, with true nuance and heartfelt sincerity.
It's the sort of movie I admire more in retrospect than I did while watching it.
The characters, especially those of the two ten-year-old protagonists, ring true and when, just past the midway point, tragedy strikes it's quite devastating.
Audience Reviews for Bridge to Terabithia
Robb and Hutcherson shine in this movie, It reaches out, grabs your heart strings and doesnt stop pulling till the very end. Me and my girls all cried.
Bridge to Terabithia is one of the worst films that I've seen. I felt that this film was terrible because everything about the film was overdone. The acting and story seemed way too over the top for my taste. I felt that the story was pretty cheesy and overall pretty dumb. The acting was so bad and the film was pretty boring. This film lacks anything engaging and really is a waste of time. Until I saw Passchendaele, this was the worst film I had seen. Bridge to Terabithia is a wasted opportunity and the film fails to entertain. At least, it failed to entertain me. The film was very laughable. This is a film that is plainly a waste of time. I felt that the filmmakers missed the mark with this one, and it really didn't deliver anything entertaining or interesting for that matter. There's absolutely nothing good about this. The story was terrible, and the actors over did it. Bridge to Terabithia is a family film that really doesn't work, and is just pointless to watch. I really didn't enjoy this film, and I think it should've never been made in the first place. This film joins select unfortunate family films that really don't do anything to appeal to anyone. I'm trying to understand why this film is so "good" because it's not. The film is a dud, and I found it to be very boring and dull.
I must say I did not see the second half of the film coming at all, it blew my emotional feelings in. It is not a film for children if you ask me. It is a charming, loving, and magical tale about a boy and girl who become friends and each is a little different, and they find a forest and make it there magical world, but then tragedy occurs. The young actors are amazing, they truly capture the drama and happiness. Don't show them this movie expecting the next Narnia, there is something much more dramatic in this movie, but I didn't like how Disney was advertising this as a sweet fantasy, when its not really. It was a great drama but dont take your kids to this.
Bridge to Terabithia Quotes
|Jack Aarons:||Your friend Leslie is dead.|
|Leslie Burke:||I seriously do not think God goes around damning people to hell. He's too busy running all this!|
|Jess Aarons:||Is it like the Bible says? Is she going to Hell?|
|Jack Aarons:||I don't know everything about God, but I do know he's not going to send that little girl to Hell.|
|Jess Aarons:||Then I'm going to Hell, because it's all my fault!|
|Jack Aarons:||Don't you think that even for a minute.|
|Jess Aarons:||But it is. I didn't invite her to go to the museum with me I didn't wanna invite her. I wasn't there to go with her. It's my fault.|
|Jack Aarons:||No, no, no, no. It's not your fault. None of that makes it so. It's a terrible thing. It doesn't make any sense, but it's not your fault, Jess. She brought you something special when she came here, didn't she? That's what you hold on to. That's how you keep her alive.|
|Leslie Burke:||We Rule Terabithia And Nothing Crushes Us!|
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