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Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurtled through space because of the board game they are playing.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Favreau gratifyingly prevents the film from becoming a mere maelstrom of CG effects by pushing the brothers' amusing bickering to the fore..."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"Zathura, Jon Favreau's adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's kid-lit adventure of the same name, more than fills the bill -- though it's unlikely to draw anyone over the age of 11 (not counting baby-sitters)."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Zathura is a space circus of the surreal that recalls a time when the likes of Joe Dante ruled the pre-adolescent pop sphere."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"A lively, imaginative tall tale that should thrill young audiences and engage their parents."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"For those who love the majesty of the solar system, the thrill of space battles, and the adventure of finding secret passageways in old houses, this movie should be just the ticket."
‑ Peter T. Chattaway, Christianity Today
"The only way to win is just to keep playing until it's over, and the only way to leave the theater is to hover over these kids' shoulders until they finally wrap things up. In both cases, there are more entertaining ways to spend an afternoon."
‑ Scott Tobias, AV Club
"Zathura salutes the low-tech magic that lurks inside a board game -- that hidden ability to bring people together."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It doesn't talk down its audience, it doesn't paint clichés, it doesn't insult our intelligence, and its entertainment is enjoyable for both adults and children. That's rare."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A practically-perfect family flick which delivers a big lesson about the true meaning of brotherly love."
‑ Kam Williams, Black Star News
"full review in Greek"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"A smart and funny kids' movie that will also keep parents entertained."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"In seeking to entertain adults as well as children, director Jon Favreau (Elf) may have overplayed his hand a bit on the grown-up side."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"At times it seemed like events were occurring just so the kids, or the kids in the audience, could learn their lesson a little bit more."
‑ Jette Kernion, Cinematical
"Charming children's adventure with some superb performances from the young cast."
‑ James Dyer, Empire Magazine
"Despite its peculiar name and the fact it bears a strong resemblance to Jumanji -- another film inspired by a book by children's author Van Allsburg -- it's hard not to like Zathura."
‑ Richard Jinman, Sydney Morning Herald
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