The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)



Critic Consensus: The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.

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Movie Info

Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and the creatures that inhabit it.more
Rating: PG (for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By: ,
Written By: John Sayles, Karey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 24, 2008
Box Office: $71.1M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Freddie Highmore
as Jared Grace/Simon Gr...
Mary-Louise Parker
as Helen Grace
Sarah Bolger
as Mallory Grace
Andrew McCarthy
as Richard Grace
Joan Plowright
as Aunt Lucinda
David Strathairn
as Arthur Spiderwick
Jordy Benattar
as Young Lucinda
Tod Fennell
as Helen's Co-Worker
Jeremy Lavalley
as Tow Truck Driver
Seth Rogen
as Hogsqueal
Martin Short
as Thimbletack
Nick Nolte
as Mulgarath
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Critic Reviews for The Spiderwick Chronicles

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (39)

The storytelling is economical and brisk. In some ways, Waters approaches it more as a pre-teen horror movie.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

The result is effective, if too intense for younger children.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Fast-paced and filled with neat special effects, it's a sure kid-pleaser, albeit one that suffers from the very elements that make it go down so easily.

Full Review… | April 2, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

What charm it does have rests largely on Highmore's shoulders. As family friendly fantasy movies go it's pretty solidly in the middle, its resolve to take no chances whatsoever keeping it from ever being more.

Full Review… | April 1, 2011

Oh, great -- another kiddie fantasy film. How exciting!

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Spiderwick Chronicles


A fun childrens movie. Both my daughters 7 and 9 liked it. good effects and Freddie Highmore was excellent.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


This was one of the most imaginative films ide ever seen and it still is fantastic to watch even 3 years after its release and ill have to admit it, i did cry at the end of the movie

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


Not bad, it really was fun actually. This isn't something amazing and a lot of people will forget about it, but it is a really good adaption and sure deserves some recognition.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

The Spiderwick Chronicles Quotes

Hogsqueal: Fly as you want. Griffin! I swallowed an ogre whole. You could be next!
– Submitted by Cathy D (4 years ago)

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