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  1. Positive: 21 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
  1. The endearingly enduring 1952 E.B. White novel about friendship and salvation, has been turned into a beautifully rendered motion picture that's full of warmth, wit and wonder.
  2. 91
    It's the whole constellation of relationships that Winick and company create in and around the barn that brings the movie its kaleidoscopic charm.
  3. 80
    Best of all may be the narration, by Sam Shepard: His voice, the kind of voice God might have if he'd ever smoked Camels, frames this gentle but potent little story with good-natured authority, making it feel modern and ageless at once.
  4. Reviewed by: Jessica Grose
    Still, with such stellar source material, this Charlotte's Web won't disgrace your childhood memories -- or your child.
  5. What it is, to borrow a word from the ever-eloquent spider Charlotte, is average. Don't misunderstand: While never quite enchanting, this "Web" is perfectly entertaining. But it could - and should -have been so much more.
  6. It's not exactly radiant, but at least the movie's a little bit humble.
  7. 50
    This passable live-action feature from Christian mogul Philip Anschutz (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) also relies heavily on the voices, though the actors are sometimes miscast (Julia Roberts as the spider) or chosen more for their on-screen personas than their pipes (Steve Buscemi as the rat).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Feb 2, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. It is interesting how children and animals interact and speak together. The casting is very good. For example, Fern is spoken by Julia Roberts. The movie is based on the novel by E.B. White. It is very similar to the movie, only some scenes are different. I found the movie brilliant and thought-provoking because the voices fit to the characters very well. For example, there is a rat in the movie and the voice is very nasty just like him. At the end Charlotte dies, that’s tragic because she and Wilbur were good friends. It’s like when your mother dies. This shows that animals also have feelings. That’s why the movie is so interesting for me. Expand
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    a touching and lovely adaptation of the book.
  3. Sep 26, 2013
    One of the worst movies I've seen in a while, Charlotte's Web contributes nothing to cinema other than fake sympathy and overdramatic performances that do nothing but make me yawn. Expand

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