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Bridge to Terabithia (2007)



Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 147
Fresh: 124 | Rotten: 23

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.


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 4

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.



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"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

Jun 19, 2007


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This screen adaptation of Katherine Paterson's now-classic novel for young readers tells its story with agreeable simplicity in between computer-generated monsters.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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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.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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It's the sort of movie I admire more in retrospect than I did while watching it.

December 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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An affecting inquest into the nature of courage, mortality, grief and the healing power of faith.

May 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's rendered in a very touching and authentic and beautiful way.

February 20, 2007
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As humane a Hollywood film as we're likely to see all year.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It's an emotionally rich testament to the life-changing power of friendship.

November 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Pretty much a religious sermon attempting to jab at impressionable viewers about god, heaven, and spirituality.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

The screenplay retains the gritty emotion of its source but gets ponderous in the iconic third act.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

The film, though, takes us to a world in which imagination comes to life, with lavish CGI special effects giving the magic of Terabithia a palpable presence it never had in the book, even in Jess and Leslie's imaginations.

October 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
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The fantasy scenes ... do not resonate with the mythic power of those in Pan's Labyrinth, but this is as moving a coming of age story as one could want.

July 9, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

sort of awful, but it goes places most conventional children's entertainments fail to go

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Radiates with youthful imagination and the joys of using it to abandon the everyday.

June 21, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Una película entretenida y emotiva sobre la idea de la pérdida, el dolor, la culpa, y sobre todo de la imaginación como válvula de escape. No es el típico pasatiempo inocente que promete; es mucho más interesante que eso.

February 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

Pleasing magical coming-of-age kidpic.

January 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Beautiful lesson in friendship for young and old.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A champion of imagination.

August 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

It's a rare film that gives children an honest voice that doesn't talk down to them. Yet at the same time, there's also a solid film inside for adults to enjoy as well.

July 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

A bittersweet, if ultimately uplifting, coming-of-age tale touching on a litany of themes, including fantasy, friendship and family.

July 17, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

I was alternately charmed and disappointed ... The movie is certainly light years ahead of the mediocre television adaptation but it is not quite the definitive version of the story, despite the strong screenplay and fine lead actors.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Murphy's Movie Reviews
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The filmmakers do a nice job keeping the enchantment level high while (pardon the phrase) keeping it real.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
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June 22, 2007 Full Review Source:

...there's a third-act twist that brings some much-needed gravity to the proceedings.

June 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Bridge to Terabithia

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.
September 18, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This was okay, though it wasn't nearly as good as the book. I expected it to be slightly darker, just like the mood the book had taken, but not to a PG-13 level, as it is a family movie for certain. There was one big similarity to the book, though: I made a fool of myself and cried in the end.
September 9, 2011

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    1. Jack Aarons: Your friend Leslie is dead.
    – Submitted by Prattay S (9 months ago)
    1. Leslie Burke: I seriously do not think God goes around damning people to hell. He's too busy running all this!
    – Submitted by Metavelle S (21 months ago)
    1. Jess Aarons: Is it like the Bible says? Is she going to Hell?
    2. Jack Aarons: I don't know everything about God, but I do know he's not going to send that little girl to Hell.
    3. Jess Aarons: Then I'm going to Hell, because it's all my fault!
    4. Jack Aarons: Don't you think that even for a minute.
    5. 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.
    6. 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.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (24 months ago)
    1. Leslie Burke: We Rule Terabithia And Nothing Crushes Us!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (24 months ago)
    1. Jess Aarons: That's what Leslie Burke says. She told me to keep my mind wide open.
    2. Ms. Edmonds: Leslie Burke is right. Mind like yours wide open, you could create a whole new world.
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (24 months ago)
    1. Jess Aarons: I hate her!
    – Submitted by Madeleine H (2 years ago)
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