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The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.
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A run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure.
The storytelling is economical and brisk. In some ways, Waters approaches it more as a pre-teen horror movie.
The result is effective, if too intense for younger children.
The screen can't get enough of 16-year-old Freddie Highmore.
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.
I found it to be more irritating than scary, more tedious than exciting.
What charm it does have rests largely on Highmore's shoulders. As family friendly fantasy movies go it's pretty solidly in the middle, its resolve to take no chances whatsoever keeping it from ever being more.
Oh, great -- another kiddie fantasy film. How exciting!
Young moviegoers will like the way the film empowers their cinematic peers in this battle of good against evil, though smaller children will probably be scared out of their wits.
Enjoyable, well made children's fantasy adventure with likeable characters, impressive special effects and a decent script.
Como fábula, não é das mais originais, mas ainda assim tem seu charme em função do carisma de Higmore, dos bons efeitos visuais e do desfecho tocante.
We just don't get good children's entertainment like this anymore...
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
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.
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.
A fun childrens movie. Both my daughters 7 and 9 liked it. good effects and Freddie Highmore was excellent.
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