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  • Summary: From the beloved best-selling series of books comes The Spiderwick Chronicles, a fantasy adventure for the child in all of us. Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, his sister Mallory, and their mom) leaves New York and moves 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, as well as the creatures that inhabit it. (Paramount Picture) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Director Mark Waters does a fine job meshing the fantastical with the quotidian.
  2. 75
    Not great fantasy, but it's on more solid ground than "The Golden Compass" and will seem less baffling to some. There's enough here to keep adults engaged, which is an important component of any motion picture that wants to be known as "family entertainment."
  3. 75
    The movie is funny and scary and touching in all the ways the best children's pictures are, but it is also fast and compact, running a perfectly paced 93 minutes (including credits).
  4. Spiderwick is set in the present, but goes for an overall design look of dainty, cozy, William Morris-y arts-andcraftiness.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    We're supposed to be agog at the fantastical creatures and dazzling special effects. But the more wrenching story of disillusioned children nags in the background, distracting from any enchantment.
  6. Unlike Guillermo del Toro's "Pan's Labyrinth," which was also inspired by Rackham, The Spiderwick Chronicles is more whimsical than scary.
  7. 40
    Instead of the kind of inspired imaginative synergy that distinguished the “Lord of the Rings” and later “Harry Potter” pictures, this movie, directed by Mark Waters (“Mean Girls”), feels more like a sloppy, secondhand pander.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 6 out of 28
  1. Nov 4, 2010
    despite its dark tone, this movie impresses me as a fan of reading those books.
  2. May 25, 2012
    This is a great movie with an intriguing plot, "good to weird" acting, great special effects and a whole lot of fantasy galore..........
  3. Nov 13, 2013
    The Spiderwick Chronicles excels.
    The integrity of the movie isn't very high considering the immense changes from the book. With that being
    said the movie is a very solid adventure flick with good young actors and a solid screenplay adaption. Expand
  4. Aug 13, 2011
    Didn't get my full attention. It's kind of dull and it's not the best fantasy movie I've ever seen.

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