Zathura (2005)

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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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 11, 2005
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dazzling special effects for the kids + well-crafted storytelling for the 'rents = cinematic satisfaction for the whole family.

David Jenkins
Time Out

Favreau gratifyingly prevents the film from becoming a mere maelstrom of CG effects by pushing the brothers' amusing bickering to the fore...

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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).

Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

Zathura is a space circus of the surreal that recalls a time when the likes of Joe Dante ruled the pre-adolescent pop sphere.

Scott Tobias
AV Club

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.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Zathura salutes the low-tech magic that lurks inside a board game -- that hidden ability to bring people together.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A smart and funny kids' movie that will also keep parents entertained.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Jette Kernion

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 51% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Kristen Stewart's best performance! Hahaha I mean it's not her most challenging role, but her adult self is too inhibited to do "mainstream"… More
Jim Careter
I never liked Zathura, and I don't know why others did. The effects were childish, the acting wasn't anything impressive, and the plot was simple… More
Alex roy
Zathura has been easily compared to the 1995 fantasy comedy, Jumanji, and it's no secret why. Both films share similar plotlines. However, this film has… More
Michael Edwards
The effects were great, the robot was very interesting, The lizards were great, the only problem i have with the movie is how it doesnt follow the book that… More
Martin Bishop
So the pitch meeting for this one was basically, "Hey, how can we just copy Jumanji, but have even less plot?" There's barely a story here.… More
Bentley Lyles
One of the worst family films I've ever seen. It has a heavy depiction of dysfunctional families, bad language used by little kids, and for the record,… More