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Bridge to Terabithia Reviews

December 5, 2014
Bridge to Terabithia is not only faithful to the novel but also stands to become a beloved family movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 22, 2013
This screen adaptation of Katherine Paterson's now-classic novel for young readers tells its story with agreeable simplicity in between computer-generated monsters.
November 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.
December 4, 2007
It's the sort of movie I admire more in retrospect than I did while watching it.
May 3, 2007
An affecting inquest into the nature of courage, mortality, grief and the healing power of faith.
February 20, 2007
It's rendered in a very touching and authentic and beautiful way.
February 17, 2007
As humane a Hollywood film as we're likely to see all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2007
This is Csupo's feature directorial debut, but as creator, producer, and writer of Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys, among several other series, he's had a long career in animation, and he handles the CGI setpieces masterfully.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 16, 2007
The story is a pleasant enough diversion with a positive message about seeing the troubled person behind the bully and the importance of keeping an open mind.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2007
For all that Bridge to Terabithia does to encourage children to exercise their imaginations and pursue the arts, the movie's producers give only glimpses of the wonderful creatures and magical kingdom dreamed up by two children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2007
There's a lot to recommend Bridge for a young crowd. Hutcherson and Robb have excellent chemistry, Jesse's palpable hunger for his father's approval is quietly poignant, and a third-act tragedy deepens and sweetens everything.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2007
Despite its small scale, Bridge offers a lot of things you won't see in most children's movies, including honest dialogue, actions that have consequences and some truly moving moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
Bridge to Terabithia the movie, like the book, is buckets-of-tears sad. Director Csupo and company manage to get that -- the simple power of a story about kindred souls, about loss, about the limitless possibilities of a lively mind -- just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
A fanciful, emotional and entertaining movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 16, 2007
Terabithia has buckets of gentle sincerity. Since there aren't any dumb jokes or hip visuals, it's easy to get caught up in the simple messages: Be good to your sister, don't be a bully, use your imagination in a pinch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
Everyone involved genuinely seems to believe in the power of imagination to enliven -- and enlighten -- the darkest realities, and that's a magic this film captures beautifully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
Terabithia picks up a lot of emotional punch as it rolls along, and anyone leaving the theater with a dry eye should be checked for a pulse.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 16, 2007
There's enough emotional truth in Bridge to Terabithia to make it a worthy addition to big-screen children's literature, if not to propel it into the realms of a childhood classic.
Read More | Original Score: B
February 16, 2007
Has inspired moments but too often feels like an extended after-school special, albeit one with good production values.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 16, 2007
Very Sad Things prompt Very Big Questions, and this movie is smart enough to avoid Very Easy Answers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 16, 2007
Consistently smart and delicate as a spider web, Bridge to Terabithia is the kind of children's movie rarely seen nowadays.
February 15, 2007
A wonderfully heart-wrenching love story for tweens, teens, and even adults who fondly remember when a friendship could be ignited by a gesture as simple as offering a stick of Juicy Fruit.
February 15, 2007
One problem with Terabithia is that the director, Gabor Csupo, puts too much stock in the abilities of computer graphics to make things real.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 15, 2007
There are trolls and magical creatures, but they are the parsley on the plate. The film is a real human story about love and imagination and loss, infinitely superior to most of Hollywood's machine-stamped fantasies for children.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2007
One of the most grounded, realistic kid films to come along in a while. It's comical, cute and adventurous, but it also shares true-to-life emotional issues that many preteens face.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
February 15, 2007
The beloved children's book has not just survived but thrived in its adaptation to the screen, its delicate combination of coming-of-age angst, tragedy and fantasy handled with assurance and taste by first-time live-action director Gabor Csupo.
February 15, 2007
Elaborately mounted, expensively produced and filmed with style and empathy, it's an adaptation of Paterson's Newbery Medal-winning book that manages to expand the original vision, yet preserve much of its intense emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 15, 2007
While the filmmakers have beefed up fantasy elements from the book, this is a very human story.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 14, 2007
In Bridge to Terabithia, the two middle schoolers who stumble onto a whole new world don't seem all that wowed. And the movie ... never decides if it's a fantasy or coming-of-age story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 13, 2007
Effortless performances from the two young stars ultimately make this movie worthwhile, regardless of the age of the kids watching.
February 13, 2007
This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 13, 2007
Far from a computer generated escapist fantasy, this film is an unpretentious and touching tale of preteen companionship and loss.
February 13, 2007
A tenderly executed adventure-fantasy.
February 12, 2007
The imaginary world dreamed up by two youngsters in Katherine Paterson's coming-of-age classic has been realized imperfectly, but with intelligence and sensitivity nonetheless, in Bridge to Terabithia.