Zathura Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Zathura is a space circus of the surreal that recalls a time when the likes of Joe Dante ruled the pre-adolescent pop sphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
It doesn't talk down its audience, it doesn't paint clichés, it doesn't insult our intelligence, and its entertainment is enjoyable for both adults and children. That's rare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
April 8, 2007
At times it seemed like events were occurring just so the kids, or the kids in the audience, could learn their lesson a little bit more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
A lively, imaginative tall tale that should thrill young audiences and engage their parents.
Kam Williams
Black Star News
January 5, 2007
A practically-perfect family flick which delivers a big lesson about the true meaning of brotherly love.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Dyer
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Charming children's adventure with some superb performances from the young cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter T. Chattaway
Christianity Today
November 17, 2006
For those who love the majesty of the solar system, the thrill of space battles, and the adventure of finding secret passageways in old houses, this movie should be just the ticket.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
October 3, 2006
full review in Greek
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
David Jenkins
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Favreau gratifyingly prevents the film from becoming a mere maelstrom of CG effects by pushing the brothers' amusing bickering to the fore...
Richard Jinman
Sydney Morning Herald
March 31, 2006
Despite its peculiar name and the fact it bears a strong resemblance to Jumanji -- another film inspired by a book by children's author Van Allsburg -- it's hard not to like Zathura.
Todd Jorgenson
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
February 21, 2006
Any game is more fun to play than to watch others play, even if it involves death-defying stunts and harrowing alien encounters that would frighten even the heartiest souls.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
February 18, 2006
...rarely dull...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
February 11, 2006
The effects are extremely good. Rather than opt for CGI overload, director Favreau and effects guru Stan Winston have elected to use good old-fashioned solid objects, which are entirely suited to the 1950s design of the game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
February 11, 2006
If you enjoyed Jumanji, the Robin Williams film about the board game with the wild animals that come to life, then ... the rest of this sentence should read: "...you are a dullard who should be slapped repeatedly."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
February 11, 2006
Zathura is one of those rare movies that should appeal to kids and adults alike thanks to a great little storyline, neat special effects and a genuinely likeable cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 21, 2006
A flawed but likeable and kid-friendly fantasy with smartly blended effects, Zathura is a throwback to the space adventures of the 1980s.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 19, 2006
Favreau keeps things moving fairly frenetically, clearly having fun with the general mayhem
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Neil Smith
BBC.com
January 17, 2006
A sci-fi spin on 1995's Jumanji, Jon Favreau's fast-paced fantasy is an enthralling, imaginative romp that does everything its predecessor did and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
January 3, 2006
Zathura is spectacular, fun-filled family entertainment for kids, adults, and the child within
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
December 14, 2005
It works because the adventures are fresh and compelling, and because, as the house gets trashed, young Danny and Walter must realistically adapt and grow.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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