Charlotte's Web Reviews

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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.
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?
December 15, 2006
The ads promise magic, but apart from the requisite heart-tugging finale, what it delivers is uneventful.
December 15, 2006
Charlotte's Web adapts a classic, which is not to say it is one.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
December 14, 2006
A whimsical and warmly appealing adaptation of the children's classic.
December 14, 2006
Children of all ages, even those not old enough to read, can enjoy the journey.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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