The Spiderwick Chronicles Reviews

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October 18, 2008
A run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure.
October 18, 2008
The result is effective, if too intense for younger children.
October 18, 2008
The storytelling is economical and brisk. In some ways, Waters approaches it more as a pre-teen horror movie.
April 4, 2008
The screen can't get enough of 16-year-old Freddie Highmore.
April 2, 2008
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.
March 25, 2008
Unexpectedly gripping.
February 19, 2008
I found it to be more irritating than scary, more tedious than exciting.
February 16, 2008
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.
February 15, 2008
A refreshingly spry, modest adventure.
February 15, 2008
Meticulously rendered CGI creatures spike this dark adventure, shot marvelously by Caleb Deschanel.
February 15, 2008
Director Mark Waters does a fine job meshing the fantastical with the quotidian.
February 14, 2008
Instead of absorbing us into this magical landscape, this adaptation crams all five books together into a frenetic and frustrating 24-hour-escapade
February 14, 2008
A well-crafted family thriller that is truly scary and doesn't wimp out.
February 14, 2008
For the uninitiated? Man, it's a bummer.
February 14, 2008
The movie, based on the best-selling series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, tells parallel tales of fathers who abandon their children, but it glosses over the trauma of those sagas in favor of special-effects-laden escapism.
February 14, 2008
The Spiderwick Chronicles exemplifies a problem with many of today's fantasy-adventure movies: the sense that narrative values, such as the artful building of suspense, can be slighted because the computer-generated special effects are so good.
February 14, 2008
As kids' movies go, this is no Harry Potter, but it's an enjoyable enough adventure -- with just enough scariness.
February 14, 2008
The film is graced with a mostly superb cast, superior special effects, a sparkling musical score by James Horner and a fantasy-filled plot with a bit of moralizing, but, fortunately, only a bit.
February 14, 2008
The director does a nice job of juggling and blending the movie's tricky tones and storylines, which could have gone badly wrong at any juncture.
February 14, 2008
Sloppy, secondhand pander.
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