The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

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… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 31, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.

Tom Charity

The storytelling is economical and brisk. In some ways, Waters approaches it more as a pre-teen horror movie.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

I found it to be more irritating than scary, more tedious than exciting.

Joshua Starnes

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.

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Sarah Bryan Miller
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The result is effective, if too intense for younger children.

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

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.

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Chris Bumbray
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Oh, great -- another kiddie fantasy film. How exciting!

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Keith Phipps
AV Club

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.

Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

A refreshingly spry, modest adventure.

Peter Bradshaw

A run-of-the-mill fantasy adventure.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
A fun childrens movie. Both my daughters 7 and 9 liked it. good effects and Freddie Highmore was excellent.
JY Skacto
Mark Waters delivers a high caliber fantasy adventure with <i>The Spiderwick Chronicles</i>.<p>At roughly 90 minutes, this picture makes the… More
Michael Edwards
This was one of the most imaginative films ide ever seen and it still is fantastic to watch even 3 years after its release and ill have to admit it, i did cry… More
Robert C
Felt like it tried to pack too much into too little time and in doing so failed to develope the characters and back stories as much as I would have liked.… More
Jim Careter
Not bad, it really was fun actually. This isn't something amazing and a lot of people will forget about it, but it is a really good adaption and sure… More
Jens S.
This fantasy film's problem has to be the uncertain target audience. There is too much action and scary creatures for the little ones, and the older kids… More