Charlotte's Web (2006) - Rotten Tomatoes

Charlotte's Web (2006)



Critic Consensus: Kids will be entertained by the straightforward plot and cute animals, and adults will be charmed by how quiet and humble the production is, a fine translation of E.B. White's genteel prose.

Movie Info

E.B. White's classic children's story comes to the screen in this live-action adaptation with an all-star voice cast. Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) is a young girl growing up on her family's farm. When a sow gives birth to some piglets, Fern's father (Kevin Anderson) intends to do away with the runt of litter, but Fern has become attached to the little pig and persuades her father to let him live. The pig, named Wilbur (voice of Dominic Scott Kay), becomes Fern's pet, but when he grows larger, he's put in the care of Homer Zuckerman (Gary Basaraba), a farmer down the road. Fern is still able to visit Wilbur regularly, and it soon occurs to both of them that pigs tend to have a limited life expectancy on a farm, and that unless something unusual happens, Wilbur will eventually becomes someone's dinner. Charlotte, a friendly spider, hatches a plan to make Wilbur seem special enough to save by weaving messages about the "terrific" pig into her web, and she soon persuades her barnyard friends to join in her plan. Charlotte is voiced by Julia Roberts, while the other actors who provide the voices of the animals on Zuckerman's farm include Robert Redford, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Bates, Cedric the Entertainer. Thomas Haden Church, and André Benjamin. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By: Susannah Grant, Karey Kirkpatrick
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 3, 2007
Box Office: $82.1M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Julia Roberts
as Charlotte
Steve Buscemi
as Templeton
Sam Shepard
as Narrator
Julian O'Donnell
as Henry Fussy
Essie Davis
as Mrs. Arable
Kevin Anderson
as Mr. Arable
Robyn Arthur
as Teacher
Siobhan Fallon
as Mrs. Zuckerman
Gary Basaraba
as Homer Zuckerman
Nicholas Bell
as Minister
Beau Bridges
as Dr. Dorian
Teague Rook
as Well Dressed Man
Julia Zemiro
as Bystander
Denise Kirby
as New Teacher
Robert Plazek
as Ball Thrower
Joseph Lotesto
as Young Boy
Don Bridges
as Announcer
Ian Watkin
as Fair Official
Joel McCrary
as Sheep Group
Brian Stepanek
as Sheep Group
Bradley White
as Sheep Group
Maia Kirkpatrick
as Joy the Baby Spider
Jennessa Rose
as Aranea the Baby Spid...
Briana Hodge
as Nellie the Baby Spid...
Siobhan Fallon-Hogan
as Mrs. Zuckerman
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Critic Reviews for Charlotte's Web

All Critics (147) | Top Critics (42)

Youngsters will warm to the barn's talking animals and perhaps even shed a tear at the sight of a spider shuffling off the mortal coil. Arachnaphobes, though, are advised to approach with caution.

Full Review… | February 8, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Any tears you may shed will be wholly earned.

Full Review… | February 3, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Kids will love it, I just kind of liked it.

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

This Charlotte's Web is a live-action remake, ŕ la Babe. And while the live action distinguishes it from its cartoon predecessor of 1973, it makes it bear entirely too much resemblance to the Babe series.

Full Review… | August 23, 2008

Hides a big heart beneath a small piglet.

Full Review… | May 12, 2008

There's enough of White's original spirit that survives the Hollywoodization to keep the little girls happy.

Full Review… | September 22, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Charlotte's Web


This was one of my favourite children's story. Wilbur is the runt of the litter who befriends Charlotte the spider who tries to convince the farmer to spare him by spinning words to describe Wilbur in her web. Funny characters. If you lived Babe you will love Wilbur.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

A great family film. Really heartwarming!

Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Charlotte's web is about a kid that saves a pigs' life. Over time her parents said that she could only keep the pig I the rut lives at her uncles farm. Wilber and the girl who saved him became so close that the mom got so worry about her kids well being. One day the pig knew that he had alone way ticket to the smoke house in the winter. Charlotte knew that she would die soon made Wilber a promise to save his life.
Good plot and acting
Mother and the rat did not do good job acting.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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