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Charlotte's Web Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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 3, 2007
Any tears you may shed will be wholly earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
December 30, 2006
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 30, 2006
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 18, 2006
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2006
Best of all may be the narration, by Sam Shepard: His voice, the kind of voice God might have if he'd ever smoked Camels, frames this gentle but potent little story with good-natured authority, making it feel modern and ageless at once.
December 15, 2006
In the end, the pros and cons all just add up to that same bit of modern-day kid-movie praise: It could have been so much worse.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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
December 15, 2006
It's a movie so modest and gentle, you'll hear your neighbour's popcorn crunch. But you may also hear your heart beating. And there's nothing wrong with that.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2006
The film, directed by Gary Winick (13 Going on 30) has a sweetness of its own.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2006
Charlotte's Web, a splendid new screen adaptation of White's 1952 children's book, gloriously brings the classic to life. If you've never read it, this is a perfect introduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 15, 2006
The movie may not be perfect, but it beautifully distills White's simple message. We are all born to die. But we are also born to befriend.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2006
"Some pig?" Sure. Some spider. And some book. Some movie, too.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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
December 15, 2006
Like its porcine protagonist, E.B. White's classic 1952 story Charlotte's Web manages to be both radiant and humble. If only the same could be said for Gary Winick's live-action adaptation, which is neither.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2006
Fanning isn't quite right. No doubt the ubiquitous young lady is the first child actor anyone pictures as Fern, but is there ever a moment in which the audience isn't aware they're watching Dakota Fanning in the part?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 15, 2006
The ads promise magic, but apart from the requisite heart-tugging finale, what it delivers is uneventful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 15, 2006
Charlotte's Web adapts a classic, which is not to say it is one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2006
What do you say about a mediocre movie adaptation of a literary masterpiece? Could have been worse? Or, it could have been much, much better, but even then it probably wouldn't measure up to the original?
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 15, 2006
How could Charlotte's Web go wrong? It doesn't. It's a perfectly respectful, take-the-kids, down-home but enchanting-enough adaptation of the story of a pig who learns about life from a spider. Take the kids, especially the young, unsullied ones.
Full Review | Original Score: B
December 15, 2006
Fans of E.B. White's elegant, droll style will be happy to know it is wonderfully faithful to the book. I know because I read it as soon as I came home from the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 15, 2006
OK, Charlotte's Web may not be Babealiciousness, but that doesn't mean that the movie, an often charming adaptation of a classic E.B. White story, doesn't succeed on its own.
Read More | Original Score: B
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
December 14, 2006
A whimsical and warmly appealing adaptation of the children's classic.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2006
Children of all ages, even those not old enough to read, can enjoy the journey.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
December 14, 2006
This is one case where the special effects do what they are supposed to do: enhance the movie instead of taking it over.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2006
Gary Winick's film may not be perfect, but it honors its source and captures the key elements that have made E. B. White's book a classic.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2006
Remember the peaceful atmosphere of bedtime storytelling? The kind that allows parent and child to take satisfaction in the story, not the teller? That's how Charlotte draws you into its web.
December 14, 2006
Director Gary Winick keeps the film's modesty of scale and generosity of spirit in mind throughout. The story has a pull like few others, and Sam Shepard's narration keeps everything easy and unpretentious, in sync with White's prose.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2006
What I can say, without equivocating, is that E.B. White's wise and wonderful children's classic is now a very nice motion picture.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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).
December 14, 2006
Some pig, in a so-so but lovingly made movie.
Read More | Original Score: B-
December 13, 2006
It's a movie that might just inspire E.B. White, up in literary heaven, to wipe away a tear of gratitude.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
December 12, 2006
Corny? Overly simplistic? Perhaps. But those were grown-ups snuffling and wiping away tears at a recent screening -- not kids -- as the story reaches its heart-tugging conclusion. And there's no shame in that.
December 12, 2006
Breathe easy: Gary Winick's new, live-action Charlotte's Web pic does not screw up one of the seminal works of American children's literature.
December 11, 2006
I think this would have worked better as a fully animated film.
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.
December 8, 2006
A beautifully rendered motion picture that's full of warmth, wit and wonder.