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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)



Average Rating: 6.7/10
Reviews Counted: 144
Fresh: 115 | Rotten: 29

The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.


Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 37
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 10

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

Jun 24, 2008


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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (115) | Rotten (29) | DVD (24)

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

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source:
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The result is effective, if too intense for younger children.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

April 2, 2008 Full Review Source: AV Club
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I found it to be more irritating than scary, more tedious than exciting.

February 19, 2008 | Comments (3)
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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 16, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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A refreshingly spry, modest adventure.

February 15, 2008
Miami Herald
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What charm it does have rests largely on Highmore's shoulders. As family friendly fantasy movies go it's pretty solidly in the middle, its resolve to take no chances whatsoever keeping it from ever being more.

April 1, 2011 Full Review Source:

Oh, great -- another kiddie fantasy film. How exciting!

February 27, 2009 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Comments (3)
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

A run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

Young moviegoers will like the way the film empowers their cinematic peers in this battle of good against evil, though smaller children will probably be scared out of their wits.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Enjoyable, well made children's fantasy adventure with likeable characters, impressive special effects and a decent script.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Como fábula, não é das mais originais, mas ainda assim tem seu charme em função do carisma de Higmore, dos bons efeitos visuais e do desfecho tocante.

September 17, 2008
Cinema em Cena

We just don't get good children's entertainment like this anymore...

September 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This movie didn't really blow me away, but it was mildly enjoyable and should keep all of the fantasy fans happy

July 22, 2008 Full Review
Sin Magazine

Seen through the eyes of a child, this adaptation my lack originality but is fast paced, contains enough fantasy to balance the family drama and is, at times, very scary.

July 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

sacrifices its undercurrent of pain and abandonment to big-budget special effects

July 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Based on the series of five serial children's novels, The Spiderwick Chronicles is a hollow spectacle that's good for the action and effects but light on everything else.

June 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Views

For a movie about magical beasts, The Spiderwick Chronicles does an awfully good job of pegging childhood emotional realities, particularly in a context of divorce. [Blu-Ray]

June 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

good enough to keep you and an older child entertained, but don't expect the next Harry Potter fever to emerge from this movie.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

Tosses together hobgoblins and home-alone latchkey kids with tomato sauce baggies as instruments of battle, bad parenting, and boy and girl savior daydreams fulfilled on screen.

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

...imaginative fun, derivative, to be sure, but amusing and entertaining and just a little bit scary by turns, at least for kids.

June 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

At 97 minutes this not just a great Saturday matinee for 10 year-olds, but one for their indulgent parent(s) or handy dandy favorite gay relative/babysitter as well.

May 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Windy City Times
Windy City Times

Lord of the Deathly Thingamabob

May 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)

soy troei miamisi ora gia na se taksidepsei sto asfales symperasma poy eihe psiliastei sto pentalepto, oti i pasifismos san haraktiristiko toy floroy, einai epilogi mi biosimi, kai to kalo gia na epikratisei, prepei na brei kako na polemisei kai na katats

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
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Audience Reviews for The Spiderwick Chronicles

This was one of the most imaginative films ide ever seen and it still is fantastic to watch even 3 years after its release and ill have to admit it, i did cry at the end of the movie
August 28, 2011
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Even though the five-book saga was CLEARLY meant to be a motion picture, the movie it turned out as was not faithful and skipped a lot of crucial detail. Typical when you're adapting 600+ pages into an hour and thirty-seven minutes of screen-time.
July 19, 2011

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    1. Hogsqueal: Fly as you want. Griffin! I swallowed an ogre whole. You could be next!
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