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  • Summary: Based on the best-selling book by the acclaimed children's writer Chris Van Allsburg ("The Polar Express," "Jumanji"), Zathura is a heart-racing sci-fi adventure about two squabbling brothers who are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discovered in the basement of their old house. (Sony Pictures) Expand
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 113 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Zathura is a rarity: a stellar fantasy that faces down childhood anxieties with feet-on-the-ground maturity.
  2. Although the drama suffers from the episodic story structure, Zathura feels less like "Jumanji" and more like a really great episode of Steven Spielberg's "Amazing Stories" TV series.
  3. 75
    It works gloriously as space opera.
  4. This handmade feel gives Zathura an appealing, childlike sense of wonder, an element too often forgotten in movies with many times the budget and technological resources.
  5. Neither pandering nor dull, Zathura plays exactly like a no-limits replica of the kind of space adventure that imaginative kids left to their own devices might enact.
  6. Reviewed by: Ryan Devlin
    63
    There's nary a smidgen of adult humor, so parents might find things a bit on the dull side at times, but in the end they will likely thank Favreau in droves for making a film that is at least certain not to give them a headache.
  7. 38
    Rarely is a movie audience asked to put up with so much noise for such a thankless payoff.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Nov 6, 2010
    8
    not as good as Jumanji, but its very amusing.
  2. Feb 24, 2013
    7
    Basically Zathura is the Sci-Fi version of Jumanji. While there are several cameos, the young cast carries the movie and you can sort of see why today names like Josh Hutcherson and Kristen Stewart are household names. The young cast does a great job, especially when you consider that most of the special effects were computer generated, and the majority of acting was done in front of a green screen. Zathura is a sweet game and an interesting movie, with an engaging young cast. It's different from what you would typically see and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Expand
  3. Jun 11, 2012
    6
    Its actually a really hearty movie with fantastic effects and great use of the story, even if it can be really predictable. Its still fun to watch.
  4. Jan 4, 2014
    5
    It's extremely far from the best SCI-FI film ever made, but Zathura contains exceptional special effects, often yet spaced excitement and decent performances from Hutcherson, Bobo and Shepard. Expand
  5. Apr 28, 2013
    5
    Average not great, it gets so annoying with these 2 brothers, although it has a great visuals but the important thing is the message beneath this boring movie. Expand
  6. Aug 18, 2013
    4
    Zathura is a film that doesn't deserve too much attention. It is pretty much a bad film that has a good story and really bad special effects and ever worse actors which is a shame as it is a great idea and the result is a silly film that will be forgotten in some years as it has nothing special Such a shame Expand

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