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.
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.
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 9, 2007
Most of the problem is that everything feels very familiar, while the movie's moralising tone grates very quickly.
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 6, 2007
Manages to snuff the spark that has made Charlotte's Web so beloved over the years.
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.
January 13, 2007
Uma adaptação burocrática e sem vida.
January 9, 2007
Babe, the movie that set the standard for the GCI talking critter flicks, was so much better ...
December 30, 2006
There are highly unnecessary fart jokes (okay, we all know kids get a giggle out of passing gas, but does every child-centric movie have to cater to this whim?), and some of the expanded animal characters don't have much point.
December 26, 2006
Despite all of Winick's best efforts to Disneyfy the bearded Charlotte, she still looks alarmingly like an eight-legged beatnik.
December 19, 2006
Winick's Web can't contend with White's lyrical book or the flawless animated feature in the long run.
December 16, 2006
Not bad, just a bland, kids-only affair.
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.
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.
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.
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