The Spiderwick Chronicles
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Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move 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 and the creatures that inhabit it.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The storytelling is economical and brisk. In some ways, Waters approaches it more as a pre-teen horror movie."
‑ Tom Charity,
"I found it to be more irritating than scary, more tedious than exciting."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"What charm it does have rests largely on Highmore's shoulders. As family friendly fantasy movies go it's pretty solidly in the middle, its resolve to take no chances whatsoever keeping it from ever being more."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Young moviegoers will like the way the film empowers their cinematic peers in this battle of good against evil, though smaller children will probably be scared out of their wits."
‑ Steve Davis, Austin Chronicle
"We just don't get good children's entertainment like this anymore..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The result is effective, if too intense for younger children."
‑ Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"A pleasing melange under the direction of Mark Waters, who, after Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, is becoming the go-to auteur of traumatized youth."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"Oh, great -- another kiddie fantasy film. How exciting!"
‑ Chris Bumbray, JoBlo's Movie Emporium
"Enjoyable, well made children's fantasy adventure with likeable characters, impressive special effects and a decent script."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"This movie didn't really blow me away, but it was mildly enjoyable and should keep all of the fantasy fans happy"
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Fast-paced and filled with neat special effects, it's a sure kid-pleaser, albeit one that suffers from the very elements that make it go down so easily."
‑ Keith Phipps, AV Club
"A refreshingly spry, modest adventure."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"A run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Como fábula, não é das mais originais, mas ainda assim tem seu charme em função do carisma de Higmore, dos bons efeitos visuais e do desfecho tocante."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Seen through the eyes of a child, this adaptation my lack originality but is fast paced, contains enough fantasy to balance the family drama and is, at times, very scary."
‑ Bruce Bennett, Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
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