Bridge to Terabithia
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From the producers of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and the mind of author Katherine Paterson comes a rousing fantasy adventure about family, friendship, and the wondrous power of imagination. A perpetual outsider both at home and at school, Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson) just never seems to fit in no matter how hard he tries. When his goal to become the fastest runner in middle school is unexpectedly thwarted by newly arrived classmate Leslie Burke (AnnaSophia Robb), who enters in an "all boys" race and leaves her competitors in the dust, Jess soon strikes up a friendship… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This screen adaptation of Katherine Paterson's now-classic novel for young readers tells its story with agreeable simplicity in between computer-generated monsters."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"An affecting inquest into the nature of courage, mortality, grief and the healing power of faith."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"It's an emotionally rich testament to the life-changing power of friendship."
‑ Sloan Freer, Radio Times
"The film, though, takes us to a world in which imagination comes to life, with lavish CGI special effects giving the magic of Terabithia a palpable presence it never had in the book, even in Jess and Leslie's imaginations."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Radiates with youthful imagination and the joys of using it to abandon the everyday."
‑ Matthew Sorrento, Film Threat
"The special effects suggest a Narnia-like romp, but the movie has a darker, more sorrowful landscape to explore and it does so brilliantly, with true nuance and heartfelt sincerity."
‑ Bruce Diones, New Yorker
"It's rendered in a very touching and authentic and beautiful way."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Pretty much a religious sermon attempting to jab at impressionable viewers about god, heaven, and spirituality."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The fantasy scenes ... do not resonate with the mythic power of those in Pan's Labyrinth, but this is as moving a coming of age story as one could want."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Una película entretenida y emotiva sobre la idea de la pérdida, el dolor, la culpa, y sobre todo de la imaginación como válvula de escape. No es el típico pasatiempo inocente que promete; es mucho más interesante que eso."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"It's the sort of movie I admire more in retrospect than I did while watching it."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"As humane a Hollywood film as we're likely to see all year."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"The screenplay retains the gritty emotion of its source but gets ponderous in the iconic third act."
‑ Alicia Potter, Boston Phoenix
"sort of awful, but it goes places most conventional children's entertainments fail to go"
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"Pleasing magical coming-of-age kidpic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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