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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

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Critic Consensus: The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.

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Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the family blames Jared. When he, Simon and Mallory investigate what's really going on, they uncover the fantastic truth of the Spiderwick estate and the creatures that inhabit it.
Rating:
PG (for scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Drama , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Box Office:
$71,148,699.00
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Cast

Freddie Highmore
as Jared Grace/Simon Grace
Mary-Louise Parker
as Helen Grace
Sarah Bolger
as Mallory Grace
Andrew McCarthy
as Richard Grace
Joan Plowright
as Aunt Lucinda
David Strathairn
as Arthur Spiderwick
Jordy Benattar
as Young Lucinda
Tod Fennell
as Helen's Co-Worker
Jeremy Lavalley
as Tow Truck Driver
Seth Rogen
as Hogsqueal
Martin Short
as Thimbletack
Nick Nolte
as Mulgarath
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Critic Reviews for The Spiderwick Chronicles

All Critics (144) | Top Critics (38)

The storytelling is economical and brisk. In some ways, Waters approaches it more as a pre-teen horror movie.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
CNN.com
Top Critic

The result is effective, if too intense for younger children.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

Fast-paced and filled with neat special effects, it's a sure kid-pleaser, albeit one that suffers from the very elements that make it go down so easily.

April 2, 2008
AV Club
Top Critic

I found it to be more irritating than scary, more tedious than exciting.

February 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

A pleasing melange under the direction of Mark Waters, who, after Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, is becoming the go-to auteur of traumatized youth.

Full Review… | February 16, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

A refreshingly spry, modest adventure.

February 15, 2008
Miami Herald
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Spiderwick Chronicles

½

This was one of the most imaginative films ide ever seen and it still is fantastic to watch even 3 years after its release and ill have to admit it, i did cry at the end of the movie

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer

½

Not bad, it really was fun actually. This isn't something amazing and a lot of people will forget about it, but it is a really good adaption and sure deserves some recognition.

Jim Careter
Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

½

Mark Waters delivers a high caliber fantasy adventure with The Spiderwick Chronicles.

At roughly 90 minutes, this picture makes the most of it by successfully setting up characters quite swiftly, yet successfully. More than half of the film also takes place at a single house and it's surrounding yard, but that is hardly a flaw because the story is entertaining enough to keep the setting from becoming stale.

The CG is great, although not the best, and once the fantasy characters show up, they are there to stay for the duration of the picture. There isn't an abundance in the variety of the creatures, but that is hardly a flaw, since the characters that do exist are more than enough to fill this movie.

The acting is a plus and the younger cast members are the ones to carry the film. Freddie Highmore gets the chance to play a set of twin brothers while Sarah Bolger plays the sister. It's also hard to argue when the supporting cast contains Mary-Louise Parker and the voices of Nick Nolte, Martin Short, and Seth Rogen.

The Spiderwick Chronicles has a solid story and it becomes a fantasy film for all ages. It is high on the recommend list.

JY Skacto
JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

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