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The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)

The Wild Thornberrys Movie



Critic Consensus: A pleasant enough kids flick that adults may even enjoy.

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World-traveling documentary filmmakers Nigel and Marianne Thornberry have come to Africa with their family--precocious Eliza, rebellious Debbie and adopted wild child Donnie--to record a miraculous event. Once every few hundred years, as the moon obscures the sun, native legend has it that thousands of elephants emerge from the safety of the forest to watch the solar eclipse. But this time, as they stand exposed in this wide-open Congo valley, they will be in grave danger. Evil poachers Sloan and Bree Blackburn plan to ambush the elephants for their rare ivory tusks. One day, Eliza and her chimpanzee friend Darwin meet a mysterious shaman who grants her the power to talk to animals. But there's one catch--if she reveals her gift she will lose it forever. When Eliza discovers that the poachers are planning to attack the elephant herd, she and Darwin must devise a plan to stop them. But what can one freckle-faced 12-year-old with pigtails and braces do against this type of evil? How will Eliza be able to warn the elephants if she loses her gift of communicating with animals?more
Rating: PG (for some adventure peril)
Genre: Animation, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Kate Boutilier, Kate Boutilier
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 1, 2003
Box Office: $39.8M
Paramount Pictures - Official Site


Lacey Chabert
as Eliza Thornberry
Lynn Redgrave
as Cordelia Thornberry
Tim Curry
as Nigel Thornberry
Tom Kane
as Darwin
Jodi Carlisle
as Marianne Thornberry
Danielle Harris
as Debbie Thornberry
Rupert Everett
as Sloan Blackburn
Marisa Tomei
as Bree Blackburn
Melissa Greenspan
as Sarah Wellington
Brenda Blethyn
as Mrs. Fairgood
as Donnie Thornberry
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Critic Reviews for The Wild Thornberrys Movie

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (29)

Screenwriter Kate Boutilier provides plenty of sharp patter.

Full Review… | May 20, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A decent soundtrack rounds off a surprisingly engaging and energetic little-kids' adventure.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Too often feels like a glorified TV episode.

December 27, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
Top Critic

An entertaining feature-length version of the Nickelodeon TV cartoon.

Full Review… | December 23, 2002
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Wholesome but also has kid appeal.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Splendid entertainment for the 8-12 age group and good fun for just about everyone else.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Wild Thornberrys Movie

I loved this when I was a kid, but its only for people who know the show well like I did, but now its just an okay movie.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer


a fantastic to screen adaptation of the TV show

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


Just an overlong episode really. Contains nothing at all new accept a few of the voice cameos and a bigger budget. Some nice humour and family friendly action scenes though.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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