The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)



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
Directed By: Mark Waters (VIII) , Mark Waters
Written By: John Sayles , Karey Kirkpatrick , David Berenbaum
In Theaters: wide
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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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Full Review… | October 23, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

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

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

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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.

Full Review… | 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
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