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  1. Positive: 23 out of 25
  2. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Jessica Grose
    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. Consistently smart and delicate as a spider web, Bridge to Terabithia is the kind of children’s movie rarely seen nowadays. And at a time when many public schools are being forced to cut music and art from the curriculum, the story’s insistence on the healing power of a nurtured imagination is both welcome and essential.
  4. There's a persistent innocence to this movie that will work wonders on all but the most churlish.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's like an After-School Special version of "Pan's Labyrinth ," and I actually mean that as a compliment.
  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: 65 out of 97
  2. Negative: 23 out of 97
  1. LynnB.
    Feb 19, 2007
    Very true to the book - excellent protrayal of emotion and made you use your own imagination. I loved the book, and was truely happy with how the movie presented the book. The children actors were excellent and the interactions and relationships were protrayed wonderfully. Highly recommended Expand
  2. Brided.
    Sep 29, 2007
    Amazing and touching movie!
  3. Apr 13, 2012
    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 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! Expand
  4. AMovieCritic
    Aug 6, 2007
    Looking at some of these negative user reviews, it's clear that Disney's completely terrible marketing of this movie prevented it from finding its true audience. People watching it not expecting a Lord of the Rings ripoff, (Narnia, I'm looking at you) will find a pretty awesome movie. It was such a great story and so well told. The kid actors playing the 2 main characters do an amazing job and the music teacher, played by Zooey Deschanel, now officially the coolest actress around, is a cool character as well. The effects are used sparingly but they're pretty nice and imaginative, with some awesome creatures and a couple nice action scenes. Yeah, the ending's really sad, but it's really a great story, and the sad ending adds to it. Some issues I had with music and the occasionally slow pace don't do much to hurt this great movie. Expand
  5. ChadS.
    Mar 1, 2007
    "Bridge to Terabithia" needed to be a period-piece. Why? Kids grow up faster these days. As Leslie, Anna Sophia Robbs is wonderful, but she's probably too pretty for the role. As you watch Leslie, so stylish and perky, you wonder why no middle school boy(including Jessie) is attracted to her. Robbs is like Winona Ryder in "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael", because a misfit; a true misfit, shouldn't be cute as a button. In 1978(the year Katherine Paterson won her Newberry Award), a teacher could still drive a lone male student to the museum for some extra-cirricular enrichment. But since the film is contemporary(all those teacher-student scandals), you have to wonder what the filmmakers were thinking. That said, "Bridge to Terabithia" still delivers an emotional punch. I remember the book well. I remember the shock. You feel Jessie's loss, but because it's a Disney production, the film ends on a false happy note. You just know that Jessie(Joss Hutcherson) will be in therapy for the rest of his natural life. Expand
  6. avrohomk
    Jul 21, 2007
    If you're expecting anything like the trailer advertises, i.e. a The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe takeoff, you'll be thoroughly disappointed. As a touching story, however, the movie shines. Unfortunately, this doesn't sell well, leaving you with a duped-by-Disney taste in your wallet. Expand
  7. SavannahS.
    Feb 21, 2007
    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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