Zathura Reviews

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Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
December 12, 2005
The vintage sci-fi design of the outer space setting and creatures is aesthetically pleasing, not to mention tangible in ways that CGI effects often aren't.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
December 9, 2005
There's something for kids and pedophiles.
| Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Scott Tobias
AV Club
December 6, 2005
The only way to win is just to keep playing until it's over, and the only way to leave the theater is to hover over these kids' shoulders until they finally wrap things up. In both cases, there are more entertaining ways to spend an afternoon.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Some will probably harp on the movie's lack of scientific accuracy, which really is a logical complaint to make about a movie where a board game creates its own alternate reality. Just shut up and roll with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
December 6, 2005
Favreau continues to show a real flair for concocting worlds that persuasively blend the real and the fantastic ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005
Favreau's direction has none of the needed edge, and the coming-of-age revelations plop like the same old platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ryan Devlin
Premiere Magazine
December 6, 2005
There's nary a smidgen of adult humor, so parents might find things a bit on the dull side at times, but in the end they will likely thank Favreau in droves for making a film that is at least certain not to give them a headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
December 6, 2005
When you make a movie that looks like the stuff on TV, then you should probably cut your losses -- something Sony would know a lot about this year -- and ship it straight to video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 2, 2005
A great little family film with equal measures of humor, adventure and heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 28, 2005
Superb visuals but frustrating and tiresome and much longer than its advertised 95 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel
3BlackChicks Review
November 26, 2005
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Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Szymanski
Sci-Fi Weekly
November 23, 2005
When two kids discover a futuristic board game in the basement, the results prove to be out of this world
Full Review | Original Score: B
Paul Salfen
Supercala.com
November 23, 2005
Zathura is a great example of a live action family film that the whole family can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
November 23, 2005
This extremely cute adventure is certain to keep you laughing and smiling from beginning to end whether you are six or a hundred and six.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
November 21, 2005
Thin on plot, skimpy on emotion, big on special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark Sells
Oregon Herald
November 20, 2005
Boldly goes where no board game has gone before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
November 19, 2005
If you're looking for a sci-fi family lark, you might want to roll the dice on Zathura.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
November 18, 2005
When Robbins exits the movie for a business meeting, we kind of wish he'd take us with him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 17, 2005
Drips with 1950s nostalgia.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John P. McCarthy
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 17, 2005
A spirited film about fraternal bonds and bravery.
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