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Generally favorable reviews- based on 222 Ratings

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Grose
    90
    Director Gabor Csupo of Rugrats "fame" steer clear of cutesy tween stereotypes, but it's Jess's relationship with his father, played by Robert Patrick, that elevates Terabithia from a good kids movie to a classic contender.
  2. 88
    This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
  3. Reviewed by: Angie Errigo
    80
    A thoroughly pleasing family film with fine performances and honest, affecting real situations mixed with joyful adventure.
  4. 75
    [Csupo's] take on Bridge to Terabithia doesn't pander or misrepresent, but instead illustrates the power of open-mindedness in both its forms: creativity and acceptance.
  5. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    75
    Parents should be warned that the novel ventures into some emotionally dark territory that could be upsetting to very young or sensitive children, and might want to consider reading and discussing the book together before seeing the film.
  6. Bridge to Terabithia the movie, like the book, is buckets-of-tears sad. Director Csupo and company manage to get that - the simple power of a story about kindred souls, about loss, about the limitless possibilities of a lively mind - just right.
  7. Though the first-time director, Gabor Csupo, has achieved distinction as an animation artist, he lacks experience directing actors. The best adult performance in the film is that of Zooey Deschanel; she comes off -- again, agreeably -- as self-directed.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 68 out of 101
  2. Negative: 23 out of 101
  1. JimH.
    Mar 1, 2007
    10
    Wonderful movie. Nothing really can explain just how beautiful and brilliant a film Terabithia is.
  2. JonasN.
    Nov 9, 2008
    10
    This movie is simply beautiful. The way Lesslie gives Jess an incredible gift, and teaches him to appreciate his mind. I have never cried at This movie is simply beautiful. The way Lesslie gives Jess an incredible gift, and teaches him to appreciate his mind. I have never cried at a movie before, but when Jess gives Maybell his hand and takes her to Terabithia, and everything becomes clear, the beauty, the incedible sadness of what happened, the message, I broke down. This movie must not be missed. Expand
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    10
    I love this movie. I think it is a great movie and I believe the right cast was chosen. Josh Hutcherson was a great Jess, Annasophia Robb wasI love this movie. I think it is a great movie and I believe the right cast was chosen. Josh Hutcherson was a great Jess, Annasophia Robb was a perfect Leslie, Bailee Madison was a cute Maybel, Zooey Dushenel was an good teacher. I think the creativity and imagination put into this book and then film was inspiring and a great family film. The ending was very sad and I felt for Jess. The was Josh showed us how Jess was feeling was incredible and more than I expected! Overall a lovely film and perfect for a family get together! Collapse
  4. JamesB
    Jun 15, 2008
    8
    Not for audiences lacking in imagination or expecting a movie choked with CGI; this is a really touching, dark story for adults as much as it Not for audiences lacking in imagination or expecting a movie choked with CGI; this is a really touching, dark story for adults as much as it is for children. Only let down by the terribly misleading ad campaign. Expand
  5. Brendan
    Apr 16, 2007
    7
    Like most people that have reviewed this film so far I agree with the fact that the trailer was surely misleading. I have read and enjoyed Like most people that have reviewed this film so far I agree with the fact that the trailer was surely misleading. I have read and enjoyed the book so when the trailer came out I thought that Walden Media and Disney had changed the storyline to put in more animation but I was wrong. It followed the classic book very well and was very exciting, dramatic and humorous. It is one of the best family dramas I have seen. Great performances are given by all the cast members especially from the two young stars. I hope that everyone will give this film a try for it is surly a great adventure that is a classic for Disney. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2011
    4
    It is an okay family movie and while it follows the story of the book it is based on, it gets quite boring for a lot of the movie. The storyIt is an okay family movie and while it follows the story of the book it is based on, it gets quite boring for a lot of the movie. The story is mediocre. Expand
  7. SavannahS.
    Feb 21, 2007
    0
    It was a good movie,that I would have rated 8. But the end RUINED it. It made the whole thing ruined. Like biting into a peice of WONDERFUL It was a good movie,that I would have rated 8. But the end RUINED it. It made the whole thing ruined. Like biting into a peice of WONDERFUL chocolate cake, then coming to the last 2 bites and finding A HAIR. Do you like that cake anymore? No.Do you still think that chocolate cake is good? No. Expand

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