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Zathura Reviews

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November 11, 2005
Director Jon Favreau, coming off Elf, keeps Zathura moving, but never fast enough to make it fly.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 10, 2005
For a kid-aimed PG-rated fantasy you could do worse than Zathura: A Space Adventure. Now there's a ringing endorsement. You could do worse.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2005
Favreau's direction has none of the needed edge, and the coming-of-age revelations plop like the same old platitudes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2005
Zathura ultimately comes across as little more than the template for an eventual kiddie-friendly theme park attraction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 7, 2005
Zathura: A Space Adventure is a mediocre children's movie based on the reworking of an already faulty formula (see Jumanji) generated by the same author.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
December 6, 2005
When you make a movie that looks like the stuff on TV, then you should probably cut your losses -- something Sony would know a lot about this year -- and ship it straight to video.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 11, 2005
In seeking to entertain adults as well as children, director Jon Favreau (Elf) may have overplayed his hand a bit on the grown-up side.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 13, 2005
An uneven mixed bag, Zathura is more likely to appeal to screaming kids and the parents who love them, than it will to the average moviegoer.
November 9, 2005
Although filled with amazing set pieces and a strong sense of adventure, 'Zathura' soon becomes annoying to watch because of almost continuous shouting by its young co-stars.
November 11, 2005
It confirms the idea that the imagination knows no boundaries. And it would have been nice to find one of those imaginations to make the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2005
Thanks in part to its over-reliance on special effects, the result seems all too familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2005
Rarely is a movie audience asked to put up with so much noise for such a thankless payoff as it must with Zathura.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 11, 2005
Zathura is basically Jumanji in outer space -- and even without Robin Williams, this is still a singularly loud, charmless and overbearing family movie that could use a hit or two of Ritalin.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 19, 2005
If you're looking for a sci-fi family lark, you might want to roll the dice on Zathura.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
April 8, 2007
At times it seemed like events were occurring just so the kids, or the kids in the audience, could learn their lesson a little bit more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2005
What really ruins this game is a contrived pair of bickering brothers at the heart of the tale whose relationship swallows any potential excitement like a gargantuan black hole.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 6, 2005
There's nary a smidgen of adult humor, so parents might find things a bit on the dull side at times, but in the end they will likely thank Favreau in droves for making a film that is at least certain not to give them a headache.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 8, 2005
Let's play Jumanji! No, let's not, but say we did -- in space!
November 10, 2005
It's not nearly as good as Jumanji.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 11, 2005
Late-coming satisfaction helps make the movie almost worth the outer space trek.
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