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Zathura Reviews

June 24, 2006
Favreau gratifyingly prevents the film from becoming a mere maelstrom of CG effects by pushing the brothers' amusing bickering to the fore...
December 6, 2005
The only way to win is just to keep playing until it's over, and the only way to leave the theater is to hover over these kids' shoulders until they finally wrap things up. In both cases, there are more entertaining ways to spend an afternoon.
November 14, 2005
A smart and funny kids' movie that will also keep parents entertained.
November 11, 2005
Zathura, Jon Favreau's adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's kid-lit adventure of the same name, more than fills the bill -- though it's unlikely to draw anyone over the age of 11 (not counting baby-sitters).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 11, 2005
Zathura salutes the low-tech magic that lurks inside a board game -- that hidden ability to bring people together.
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 11, 2005
Zathura is most interesting and least predictable in its opening scenes -- before the impressive special effects take over.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 11, 2005
Zathura can be enjoyed solely as a sci-fi adventure. But it also sneaks in a couple of messages for those receptive to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 11, 2005
Zathura serves up kid-friendly sci-fi thrills, along with a little nostalgia for grownups. Its low-tech special effects are a refreshing departure from the CG norm.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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 11, 2005
A wild buckle-up-and-blast-off adventure that plunges every corner of kids' favorite subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 11, 2005
After watching the kids play Zathura in Zathura -- a crackling family adventure in which sibling rivalries play out against a backdrop of Robbie-like robot assaults and devouring gila monsters -- all I can say is, let me at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2005
Zathura is easygoing, brashly humorous and a lot less interested in technology than adventure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2005
There is a wonderful old-fashioned zest to "Zathura," an air of jet-propelled innocent wonder that has just enough modern grounding and grumbling to ring emotionally true. It's the sort of movie that feels simultaneously classic and new.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 11, 2005
Zathura is that rare movie that keeps the game enjoyable from beginning to end. Nobody will be inclined to pack up the pieces before the finish line is reached.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2005
Zathura is a rousing tale with an agreeable balance of fear and teachable moments, the kind of adventure story that seems old-fashioned these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 11, 2005
Zathura may be Jumanji in outer space. And the way the plot works out is not exactly rocket science. But the way it flies is very cool.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
While it's possible to stretch a 32-page storybook into a full-length feature, it's not necessarily a good idea.
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 10, 2005
Favreau draws the audience in by keeping it simple.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2005
The movie has a lot of the elements that might make it thrilling and it's visually arresting, but it's missing the emotional connection necessary to make it interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 10, 2005
Zathura lacks the undercurrents of archetypal menace and genuine emotion that informed The Polar Express. But it works gloriously as space opera.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2005
The best that can be said for Zathura is that it meets expectations, which is becoming more and more rare at the movies.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 10, 2005
An extraterrestrial fantasy, based on a children's book by Chris Van Allsburg, that feels both real and unreal, like a dream you could shake off at any moment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 10, 2005
Zathura is welcome late-year fun for all ages -- a pleasant contrast to the nauseating dreck that normally masquerades as family-friendly science fiction. (Clockstoppers, Thunderbirds... need I go on?).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 10, 2005
The movie is so well-paced for much of its run that you barely notice how efficient it is at balancing the all-too human with the otherworldly exotica.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 10, 2005
The special effects never overshadow the story, which is just down-to-earth enough to resonate with younger viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
November 10, 2005
Although it too predictably stays the course of its predecessor, it's enough of a blast to provide a thrill ride for the kids and be an entertaining (and inevitable) journey for parents.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 10, 2005
The result is a glorious low-tech pleasure that may be the most lyrical, phantasmagoric boys' adventure story since Joe Dante's Explorers.
November 9, 2005
Zathura is a rarity: a stellar fantasy that faces down childhood anxieties with feet-on-the-ground maturity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 8, 2005
Let's play Jumanji! No, let's not, but say we did -- in space!
November 1, 2005
Arguably the best adaptation of a Chris Van Allsburg book to date.
October 10, 2005
Favreau again delivers that rare beast -- a family film that even childless adults can enjoy.