Charlotte's Web Reviews

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November 17, 2011
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
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 3, 2007
Any tears you may shed will be wholly earned.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
December 15, 2006
The film, directed by Gary Winick (13 Going on 30) has a sweetness of its own.
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.
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.
December 15, 2006
"Some pig?" Sure. Some spider. And some book. Some movie, too.
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.
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