Zathura: A Space Adventure Reviews

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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.
February 21, 2006
Any game is more fun to play than to watch others play, even if it involves death-defying stunts and harrowing alien encounters that would frighten even the heartiest souls.
February 11, 2006
If you enjoyed Jumanji, the Robin Williams film about the board game with the wild animals that come to life, then ... the rest of this sentence should read: "...you are a dullard who should be slapped repeatedly."
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.
December 6, 2005
Favreau's direction has none of the needed edge, and the coming-of-age revelations plop like the same old platitudes.
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.
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.
November 28, 2005
Superb visuals but frustrating and tiresome and much longer than its advertised 95 minutes.
November 21, 2005
Thin on plot, skimpy on emotion, big on special effects.
November 19, 2005
If you're looking for a sci-fi family lark, you might want to roll the dice on Zathura.
November 18, 2005
When Robbins exits the movie for a business meeting, we kind of wish he'd take us with him.
November 13, 2005
Space ships are cool, especially when you're six. And a boy.
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 11, 2005
Zathura ultimately comes across as little more than the template for an eventual kiddie-friendly theme park attraction.
November 11, 2005
The film's Buck Rogers-style graphics are cool, but the shrilly squabbling brothers are insufferable, the story's your-turn/my-turn structure is tedious, and its relentlessly reiterated message about brotherly love and cooperation is really grating.
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.
November 11, 2005
The zingy wit and ingenuity of the film's early scenes gradually fades, as Zathura becomes an increasingly repetitive series of action sequences, each noisier than the last.
November 11, 2005
Director Jon Favreau, coming off Elf, keeps Zathura moving, but never fast enough to make it fly.
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.
November 11, 2005
It's fine for third-grade boys who thrive on action only, but this just ain't whimsical enough for everyone else.
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