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Charlotte's Web (2006)



Critic Consensus: Kids will be entertained by the straightforward plot and cute animals, and adults will be charmed by how quiet and humble the production is, a fine translation of E.B. White's genteel prose.

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E.B. White's classic children's story comes to the screen in this live-action adaptation with an all-star voice cast. Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) is a young girl growing up on her family's farm. When a sow gives birth to some piglets, Fern's father (Kevin Anderson) intends to do away with the runt of litter, but Fern has become attached to the little pig and persuades her father to let him live. The pig, named Wilbur (voice of Dominic Scott Kay), becomes Fern's pet, but when he grows larger, he's put in the care of Homer Zuckerman (Gary Basaraba), a farmer down the road. Fern is still able to visit Wilbur regularly, and it soon occurs to both of them that pigs tend to have a limited life expectancy on a farm, and that unless something unusual happens, Wilbur will eventually becomes someone's dinner. Charlotte, a friendly spider, hatches a plan to make Wilbur seem special enough to save by weaving messages about the "terrific" pig into her web, and she soon persuades her barnyard friends to join in her plan. Charlotte is voiced by Julia Roberts, while the other actors who provide the voices of the animals on Zuckerman's farm include Robert Redford, John Cleese, Oprah Winfrey, Steve Buscemi, Kathy Bates, Cedric the Entertainer. Thomas Haden Church, and André Benjamin. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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Critic Reviews for Charlotte's Web

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (41)

Youngsters will warm to the barn's talking animals and perhaps even shed a tear at the sight of a spider shuffling off the mortal coil. Arachnaphobes, though, are advised to approach with caution.

February 8, 2007 | Full Review…
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Any tears you may shed will be wholly earned.

February 3, 2007 | Rating: 5/6 | Full Review…

I think what's most valuable here is the gentle reminder that lives are short, friendship is priceless and words can make a difference. The movie Charlotte's Web isn't a classic, but the message is.

December 30, 2006 | Full Review…
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There's too much talent and too strong a story to mess it up. There was potential for more here, but this incarnation is nothing to be ashamed of, and some of the actors answer the bell.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/4

Woe be to the child who doesn't mist up at this movie, since it's been made if not with zip, wit, or imagination, then at least with sweetness. But I hope no one will think the film is an adequate replacement for White's book. That would be a crime.

December 30, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Charlotte's Web has all the requisite elements that a family film needs to succeed and endure: humor, drama, pathos, and an emotionally satisfying ending.

December 18, 2006 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Charlotte's Web


This was one of my favourite children's story. Wilbur is the runt of the litter who befriends Charlotte the spider who tries to convince the farmer to spare him by spinning words to describe Wilbur in her web. Funny characters. If you lived Babe you will love Wilbur.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

A great family film. Really heartwarming!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Charlotte's web is about a kid that saves a pigs' life. Over time her parents said that she could only keep the pig I the rut lives at her uncles farm. Wilber and the girl who saved him became so close that the mom got so worry about her kids well being. One day the pig knew that he had alone way ticket to the smoke house in the winter. Charlotte knew that she would die soon made Wilber a promise to save his life. Pros Good plot and acting Con Mother and the rat did not do good job acting.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

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