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Charlotte's Web (2006)

tomatometer

78

Average Rating: 7/10
Reviews Counted: 143
Fresh: 112 | Rotten: 31

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.

73

Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 40
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 11

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.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 378,330

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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,

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Drama, Animation, Kids & Family

Susannah Grant, Karey Kirkpatrick

Apr 3, 2007

$82.5M

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All Critics (147) | Top Critics (41) | Fresh (112) | Rotten (31) | DVD (9)

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.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Any tears you may shed will be wholly earned.

February 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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I think what's most valuable here is the gentle reminder that lives are short, friendship is priceless and words can make a difference. The movie Charlotte's Web isn't a classic, but the message is.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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There's too much talent and too strong a story to mess it up. There was potential for more here, but this incarnation is nothing to be ashamed of, and some of the actors answer the bell.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Woe be to the child who doesn't mist up at this movie, since it's been made if not with zip, wit, or imagination, then at least with sweetness. But I hope no one will think the film is an adequate replacement for White's book. That would be a crime.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Charlotte's Web has all the requisite elements that a family film needs to succeed and endure: humor, drama, pathos, and an emotionally satisfying ending.

December 18, 2006 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Kids will love it, I just kind of liked it.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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.

August 23, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

Hides a big heart beneath a small piglet.

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

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

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Steve Buscemi's invigorating vocal characterization of Templeton the rat is the only high point in this sleep-inducing live action-animated revamp of the 1973 animated classic based on E.B White's 1952 children's book.

February 19, 2007 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

In this live action movie, with talking animals and a good deal of clever computer-generated imagery, Julia Roberts does the talking for Charlotte and only confirmed arachnophobes such as myself will resist her charms.

February 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

If you can identify all the voices before the credits roll up, you are a better man than I.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a real crowd-pleaser for all ages.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

Most of the problem is that everything feels very familiar, while the movie's moralising tone grates very quickly.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Hardly the equal of Babe but the superior voice cast and Fanning's unforced charm make for another film that'll put you off pork forever.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This film does what all children's films should do: not just offer lots of entertaining things to look at, but teach children how to look at the world with curiosity, attentiveness and joy.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

It's hard to go wrong with a cute liddle piggy.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Adult audiences tend to find [Dakota Fanning] rather shrill - witnessing [her] at full shriek is like being attacked by a colony of bats. For this reason, Charlotte's Web is probably one for youngsters only.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

If they'd stopped yammering for just a few minutes, White's heartbreaking ending might have retained its poignancy. As it is, it's little more than a blessed relief.

February 9, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Never less than watchable, thanks to its superb cast, but kids will enjoy it more than adults will.

February 8, 2007 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Cute and sweet, and if it lacks great wit or magic, at least it has the courage to remain faithful to the gentle sadness and 'realism' of the original material.

February 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Manages to snuff the spark that has made Charlotte's Web so beloved over the years.

February 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

This is only the second time in my life I cried over a spider. The first time was when I was a child and I accidentally stepped on a pet spider I had captured. This is an exceptional family movie.

January 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

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.
August 21, 2011
thmtsang
T Tsang

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Bad+
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

A great family film. Really heartwarming!
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

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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.
Pros
Good plot and acting
Con
Mother and the rat did not do good job acting.
June 1, 2011
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erika bruhns

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