Charlotte's Web
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E.B. White's classic children's story comes to the screen in this live-action adaptation with an all-star voice cast. Fern Arable (Dakota Fanning) is a young girl growing up on her family's farm. When a sow gives birth to some piglets, Fern's father (Kevin Anderson) intends to do away with the runt of litter, but Fern has become attached to the little pig and persuades her father to let him live. The pig, named Wilbur (voice of Dominic Scott Kay), becomes Fern's pet, but when he grows larger, he's put in the care of Homer Zuckerman (Gary Basaraba), a farmer down the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

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"Youngsters will warm to the barn's talking animals and perhaps even shed a tear at the sight of a spider shuffling off the mortal coil. Arachnaphobes, though, are advised to approach with caution."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"There's too much talent and too strong a story to mess it up. There was potential for more here, but this incarnation is nothing to be ashamed of, and some of the actors answer the bell."
‑ Bill Muller, Arizona Republic
"Kids will love it, I just kind of liked it."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"There's enough of White's original spirit that survives the Hollywoodization to keep the little girls happy."
‑ Jim Slotek, Jam! Movies
"If you can identify all the voices before the credits roll up, you are a better man than I."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"Any tears you may shed will be wholly earned."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Woe be to the child who doesn't mist up at this movie, since it's been made if not with zip, wit, or imagination, then at least with sweetness. But I hope no one will think the film is an adequate replacement for White's book. That would be a crime."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"This Charlotte's Web is a live-action remake, ŕ la Babe. And while the live action distinguishes it from its cartoon predecessor of 1973, it makes it bear entirely too much resemblance to the Babe series."
‑ Heather Huntington,
"Steve Buscemi's invigorating vocal characterization of Templeton the rat is the only high point in this sleep-inducing live action-animated revamp of the 1973 animated classic based on E.B White's 1952 children's book."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Hilarious and heart-warming, this is a real crowd-pleaser for all ages."
‑ Johnny Vaughan, Sun Online
"I think what's most valuable here is the gentle reminder that lives are short, friendship is priceless and words can make a difference. The movie Charlotte's Web isn't a classic, but the message is."
‑ Tom Charity,
"Charlotte's Web has all the requisite elements that a family film needs to succeed and endure: humor, drama, pathos, and an emotionally satisfying ending."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Hides a big heart beneath a small piglet."
‑ Jamie Russell, Film4
"In this live action movie, with talking animals and a good deal of clever computer-generated imagery, Julia Roberts does the talking for Charlotte and only confirmed arachnophobes such as myself will resist her charms."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Most of the problem is that everything feels very familiar, while the movie's moralising tone grates very quickly."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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