Charlotte's Web Reviews

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November 7, 2019
Despite a stellar cast, including the incomparable Dakota Fanning as Fern, director Gary Winick disappoints to the point of almost tarnishing the joy of childhood memories.
January 5, 2018
Charlotte's Web is absolutely one of the best films of the year.
November 17, 2011
April 29, 2009
Kids will love it, I just kind of liked it.
August 23, 2008
This Charlotte's Web is a live-action remake, à la Babe. And while the live action distinguishes it from its cartoon predecessor of 1973, it makes it bear entirely too much resemblance to the Babe series.
May 12, 2008
Hides a big heart beneath a small piglet.
September 22, 2007
There's enough of White's original spirit that survives the Hollywoodization to keep the little girls happy.
February 19, 2007
Steve Buscemi's invigorating vocal characterization of Templeton the rat is the only high point in this sleep-inducing live action-animated revamp of the 1973 animated classic based on E.B White's 1952 children's book.
February 18, 2007
In this live action movie, with talking animals and a good deal of clever computer-generated imagery, Julia Roberts does the talking for Charlotte and only confirmed arachnophobes such as myself will resist her charms.
February 9, 2007
If you can identify all the voices before the credits roll up, you are a better man than I.
February 9, 2007
Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a real crowd-pleaser for all ages.
February 9, 2007
Most of the problem is that everything feels very familiar, while the movie's moralising tone grates very quickly.
February 9, 2007
Hardly the equal of Babe but the superior voice cast and Fanning's unforced charm make for another film that'll put you off pork forever.
February 9, 2007
This film does what all children's films should do: not just offer lots of entertaining things to look at, but teach children how to look at the world with curiosity, attentiveness and joy.
February 9, 2007
It's hard to go wrong with a cute liddle piggy.
February 9, 2007
Adult audiences tend to find [Dakota Fanning] rather shrill - witnessing [her] at full shriek is like being attacked by a colony of bats. For this reason, Charlotte's Web is probably one for youngsters only.
February 9, 2007
If they'd stopped yammering for just a few minutes, White's heartbreaking ending might have retained its poignancy. As it is, it's little more than a blessed relief.
February 8, 2007
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
Never less than watchable, thanks to its superb cast, but kids will enjoy it more than adults will.
February 7, 2007
Cute and sweet, and if it lacks great wit or magic, at least it has the courage to remain faithful to the gentle sadness and 'realism' of the original material.
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