Bridge to Terabithia

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Bridge to Terabithia is a faithful adaptation of a beloved children's novel and a powerful portrayal of love, loss, and imagination through children's eyes.



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"Bridge to Terabithia" is a fantasy/adventure story of friendship, family and the power of imagination Jess Aarons is an outsider at school and even in his own family. Jess has trained all summer to become the fastest kid in his middle school class but his goal is unexpectedly thwarted by the new girl in school, Leslie Burke who competes in the "boys only" race and wins. Despite their awkward introduction, the two outsiders quickly become best friends. Leslie loves to tell stories of fantasy and magic. Jess loves to draw, but until he met Leslie, it was something he kept to himself. Leslie opens a new world of imagination for Jess. Together they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia, a magical place only accessible by swinging on an old rope over a stream in the woods near their homes. There, the friends rule the kingdom, fight the Dark Master and his creatures and plot against the school bullies. Thanks to his friendship with Leslie, Jess is changed for good. Brimming with fantastical creatures, palaces and beautiful forests, the world of Terabithia is brought to life.

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Josh Hutcherson
as Jesse Aarons
AnnaSophia Robb
as Leslie Burke
Zooey Deschanel
as Ms. Edmonds
Robert Patrick
as Jack Aarons
Bailee Madison
as May Belle Aarons
Emma Fenton
as Ellie Aarons
Grace Brannigan
as Joyce Aarons
Latham Gaines
as Bill Burke
Judy McIntosh
as Judy Burke
Patricia Aldersley
as Grandma Burke
Kate Butler
as Nancy Aarons
Devon Wood
as Brenda Aarons
Carly Owen
as Madison
Jen Wolfe
as Mrs. Myers
James Gaylyn
as Principal Turner
Maisie McLeod-Riera
as First Grade Girl
Hudson Mills
as Willard Hughes
Matt Gibbons
as Dark Master
Lauren Clinton
as Janice Avery
Cameron Wakefield
as Scott Hoager
Elliot Lawless
as Gary Fulcher
Maisy McLeod-Riera
as First Grade Girl
Tyler Atfield
as Eight Grade Boy
Brandon Cook
as First Grade Boy
Philip Grieve
as Mr. Bailey
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Critic Reviews for Bridge to Terabithia

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  • Bridge to Terabithia is not only faithful to the novel but also stands to become a beloved family movie.

    Dec 5, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This screen adaptation of Katherine Paterson's now-classic novel for young readers tells its story with agreeable simplicity in between computer-generated monsters.

    Nov 22, 2013
  • The special effects suggest a Narnia-like romp, but the movie has a darker, more sorrowful landscape to explore and it does so brilliantly, with true nuance and heartfelt sincerity.

    Nov 22, 2013 | Full Review…
  • It's the sort of movie I admire more in retrospect than I did while watching it.

    Dec 4, 2007 | Full Review…
  • I liked the seriousness with which it has been made, the willingness to grant deep feeling to its young characters, and the way it avoids of a lot of the cliches... but the failure to enchant in the scenes in the woods leaves a hole.

    Jun 15, 2007 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Here's an old-fashioned children's film that should suit the once huge family audience very well.

    May 4, 2007 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Bridge to Terabithia

Bridge to Terabithia is one of the worst films that I've seen. I felt that this film was terrible because everything about the film was overdone. The acting and story seemed way too over the top for my taste. I felt that the story was pretty cheesy and overall pretty dumb. The acting was so bad and the film was pretty boring. This film lacks anything engaging and really is a waste of time. Until I saw Passchendaele, this was the worst film I had seen. Bridge to Terabithia is a wasted opportunity and the film fails to entertain. At least, it failed to entertain me. The film was very laughable. This is a film that is plainly a waste of time. I felt that the filmmakers missed the mark with this one, and it really didn't deliver anything entertaining or interesting for that matter. There's absolutely nothing good about this. The story was terrible, and the actors over did it. Bridge to Terabithia is a family film that really doesn't work, and is just pointless to watch. I really didn't enjoy this film, and I think it should've never been made in the first place. This film joins select unfortunate family films that really don't do anything to appeal to anyone. I'm trying to understand why this film is so "good" because it's not. The film is a dud, and I found it to be very boring and dull.

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Alex roy

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I must say I did not see the second half of the film coming at all, it blew my emotional feelings in. It is not a film for children if you ask me. It is a charming, loving, and magical tale about a boy and girl who become friends and each is a little different, and they find a forest and make it there magical world, but then tragedy occurs. The young actors are amazing, they truly capture the drama and happiness. Don't show them this movie expecting the next Narnia, there is something much more dramatic in this movie, but I didn't like how Disney was advertising this as a sweet fantasy, when its not really. It was a great drama but dont take your kids to this.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

Not as much fun as it could have been but packs a bit of a punch with the ending. Full review later.

Thomas Bowler
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

Robb and Hutcherson shine in this movie, It reaches out, grabs your heart strings and doesnt stop pulling till the very end. Me and my girls all cried.

John Manard
John Manard

Super Reviewer

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