The Spiderwick Chronicles Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 1, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6.5/10
Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
February 27, 2009
Oh, great -- another kiddie fantasy film. How exciting!
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
October 18, 2008
A run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
The storytelling is economical and brisk. In some ways, Waters approaches it more as a pre-teen horror movie.
Top Critic
Sarah Bryan Miller
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
The result is effective, if too intense for younger children.
Steve Davis
Austin Chronicle
October 18, 2008
Young moviegoers will like the way the film empowers their cinematic peers in this battle of good against evil, though smaller children will probably be scared out of their wits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 18, 2008
Enjoyable, well made children's fantasy adventure with likeable characters, impressive special effects and a decent script.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
September 17, 2008
Como fábula, não é das mais originais, mas ainda assim tem seu charme em função do carisma de Higmore, dos bons efeitos visuais e do desfecho tocante.
| Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
September 6, 2008
We just don't get good children's entertainment like this anymore...
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
July 22, 2008
This movie didn't really blow me away, but it was mildly enjoyable and should keep all of the fantasy fans happy
| Original Score: 3/4
Bruce Bennett
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
July 19, 2008
Seen through the eyes of a child, this adaptation my lack originality but is fast paced, contains enough fantasy to balance the family drama and is, at times, very scary.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 1, 2008
sacrifices its undercurrent of pain and abandonment to big-budget special effects
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
June 28, 2008
Based on the series of five serial children's novels, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a hollow spectacle that's good for the action and effects but light on everything else.
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 23, 2008
For a movie about magical beasts, The Spiderwick Chronicles does an awfully good job of pegging childhood emotional realities, particularly in a context of divorce. [Blu-Ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
June 20, 2008
good enough to keep you and an older child entertained, but don't expect the next Harry Potter fever to emerge from this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
June 19, 2008
Tosses together hobgoblins and home-alone latchkey kids with tomato sauce baggies as instruments of battle, bad parenting, and boy and girl savior daydreams fulfilled on screen.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 13, 2008
...imaginative fun, derivative, to be sure, but amusing and entertaining and just a little bit scary by turns, at least for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Richard Knight
Windy City Times
May 22, 2008
At 97 minutes this not just a great Saturday matinee for 10 year-olds, but one for their indulgent parent(s) or handy dandy favorite gay relative/babysitter as well.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 7, 2008
Lord of the Deathly Thingamabob
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
May 6, 2008
soy troei miamisi ora gia na se taksidepsei sto asfales symperasma poy eihe psiliastei sto pentalepto, oti i pasifismos san haraktiristiko toy floroy, einai epilogi mi biosimi, kai to kalo gia na epikratisei, prepei na brei kako na polemisei kai na katats
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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