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Charlotte's Web Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 15, 2006
Some will bristle at liberties taken. Cows do indeed break wind. Yet the movie's use of flatulence is less a nod to rural truths than a reliance on what has become a go-to gag in movie's made for the booster-seat set.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Katey Rich
Film Journal International
February 6, 2007
Manages to snuff the spark that has made Charlotte's Web so beloved over the years.
Eric D. Snider
December 15, 2006
It's a beautiful story, rendered only semi-precious in this earnest but flawed re-creation.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Heather Huntington
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Todd McCarthy
December 11, 2006
This highly polished picture is superficially faithful, even reverential to its source, but evinces neither imagination nor a personality of its own.
Brian Orndorf
December 14, 2006
I'm having great trouble understanding why the 2006 live-action adaptation doesn't register more profoundly. Oh wait, it's the farting. It's always the farting.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 15, 2006
Charlotte's Web, with its insistently 'magical' theme music, an overbearing climax and a trough full of bad jokes, is merely adequate.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Christopher Null
December 14, 2006
doesn't really encroach on the legacy and success of its animated ancestor
| Original Score: 3/5
Uri Lessing
January 13, 2007
Charlotte herself has been turned from a small, grey spider into a creature with a furry, teddy bear face. The result is an odd blend of Wilfred Brimley, Grizzly Adams, and Fozzie Bear.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 13, 2007
Uma adaptação burocrática e sem vida.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 15, 2006
Unfortunately, Charlotte's Web is an unremarkable collection of cute kids, talking animals and syrupy sentiment. There's little of White's original spare style and even less to entertain anyone but the very undemanding.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 9, 2007
Most of the problem is that everything feels very familiar, while the movie's moralising tone grates very quickly.
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
December 19, 2006
Winick's Web can't contend with White's lyrical book or the flawless animated feature in the long run.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Wendy Ide
Times (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
December 26, 2006
Despite all of Winick's best efforts to Disneyfy the bearded Charlotte, she still looks alarmingly like an eight-legged beatnik.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
January 9, 2007
Babe, the movie that set the standard for the GCI talking critter flicks, was so much better ...
Full ReviewRead More | Original Score: 2/4
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Dana Stevens
December 14, 2006
To paraphrase the novel's famous last lines, it's not often a story comes along that can make for both a great book and a wonderful movie. Charlotte's Web isn't both.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
December 14, 2006
It doesn't turn E.B. White into a travesty, but it manages to make him border on inane.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 14, 2006
[The film] relies heavily on the voices, though the actors are sometimes miscast (Julia Roberts as the spider) or chosen more for their on-screen personas than their pipes (Steve Buscemi as the rat).
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