The Spiderwick Chronicles (PG)

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Time Out says

Tue Mar 18 2008

Another middling, thrill-neutral salvo of ‘Potter’-lite CG goblins and fairies in which three tenacious teens are forced to shield their secluded pastoral mansion from an attack by the evil ogre Mulgarath (Nick Nolte, who else?).

To achieve this, they must follow the lunatic scribblings of their late,  great uncle Arthur Spiderwick, a reclusive naturalist who dedicated his life to chronicling all of the fantastical gubbins that arose from the forest surrounding his estate. Angel-faced Brit Freddie Highmore puts on a passable yank accent for a dual central role as the angular Jared and his dorky twin Simon, with the pair dashing from one situation of mild peril to the next.

If they’d bothered to read the book from cover to cover in the beginning, they would have been able to extricate themselves from their predicament with relative ease. Instead, their hurried, intermittent dipping-in of the text means that the baddies are constantly allowed to gather their bearings and develop a new way of attacking them. Pesky kids.
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PG

UK release:

Fri Mar 21, 2008

Duration:

97 mins

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eme xxx

jo1its of cours SPIDERWICK CHRONICALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eme xxx

jo1its of cours SPIDERWICK CHRONICALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

eme xxx

its mint i`m so into it no i dont have kids i`m 9! i`ve got all the books but it mist out iorn wood tree but mallerys my fav mint,mint,mint and mint again

eme xxx

its mint i`m so into it no i dont have kids i`m 9! i`ve got all the books but it mist out iorn wood tree but mallerys my fav mint,mint,mint and mint again

Ethel

Excellent movie ,took my 7 year son to watch the movie he loved every min of it , I enjoyed it too. Must watch

Ethel

Excellent movie ,took my 7 year son to watch the movie he loved every min of it , I enjoyed it too. Must watch

Natasha

Took my son for his 3rd Birthday & also his sister who has just turned 5. They already had the toys & the short story from the Happy Meals at Mc Donalds so were excited to go. Good film, kept them in their seats & told their friends all about it afterwards so it must have been good in their eyes. Worth viewing.

Natasha

Took my son for his 3rd Birthday & also his sister who has just turned 5. They already had the toys & the short story from the Happy Meals at Mc Donalds so were excited to go. Good film, kept them in their seats & told their friends all about it afterwards so it must have been good in their eyes. Worth viewing.

usman khawaja

a naive but charming chronicle freddy highmore is a delightful actor and talented too ,more so then a lot of adult stars and he seizes every oppurtunity to shine in this charming ,albeit cliched magical adventure . i liked the wondrous cinematography particularly the flight of the giant chicken to the magical MEADOW,the magic flowers are great too,the ogres look a bit over the top,but the art direction is superb from the sets to the old house itself ,all those antiques being broken broke my heart though,hope they were chinese repros. but best of all,i like the story of aunt lucinda a 86 year old granny-awaiting her fathers return ,a scientist who was lost in her childhood to magical experiments and discovery,this gives the movie a heart and makes it conspicuous among the rest of the fantasy adventures , highmore is going to be a high flyer in future ,obviously a sequel must be in pipeline ,this was miles ahead of a lot of trash i have seen recently ,for its plot and execution .- jbz7879

usman khawaja

a naive but charming chronicle freddy highmore is a delightful actor and talented too ,more so then a lot of adult stars and he seizes every oppurtunity to shine in this charming ,albeit cliched magical adventure . i liked the wondrous cinematography particularly the flight of the giant chicken to the magical MEADOW,the magic flowers are great too,the ogres look a bit over the top,but the art direction is superb from the sets to the old house itself ,all those antiques being broken broke my heart though,hope they were chinese repros. but best of all,i like the story of aunt lucinda a 86 year old granny-awaiting her fathers return ,a scientist who was lost in her childhood to magical experiments and discovery,this gives the movie a heart and makes it conspicuous among the rest of the fantasy adventures , highmore is going to be a high flyer in future ,obviously a sequel must be in pipeline ,this was miles ahead of a lot of trash i have seen recently ,for its plot and execution .- jbz7879

Allie

This was a an enjoyable film that my 8 year old loved; kids, monsters and troll type things at the bottom of the garden - It had the feel of A series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snickett) mixed with a classic fairy tale. A good all round family movie, although my 4 year old was scared of the main character monster. No good for adults only.

Allie

This was a an enjoyable film that my 8 year old loved; kids, monsters and troll type things at the bottom of the garden - It had the feel of A series of Unfortunate Events (Lemony Snickett) mixed with a classic fairy tale. A good all round family movie, although my 4 year old was scared of the main character monster. No good for adults only.

Lois

This Film Is Absolutel Amazing.!!! The Only Fiml My Sister Hasnt Been Wanting To Get Up And Walk Around In, In About Two And A Half Years..!!Highly Recommended..!!

Lois

This Film Is Absolutel Amazing.!!! The Only Fiml My Sister Hasnt Been Wanting To Get Up And Walk Around In, In About Two And A Half Years..!!Highly Recommended..!!

lucy

This was a brilliant film and i loved it. The effects were good and it had me on the edge of my seat. I can really recommend it .I shed a little tear at the end when lucy goes back with her father, don't think i have evere done that in the flicks before. My advice is to go and see it.

lucy

This was a brilliant film and i loved it. The effects were good and it had me on the edge of my seat. I can really recommend it .I shed a little tear at the end when lucy goes back with her father, don't think i have evere done that in the flicks before. My advice is to go and see it.

katy

great film, we all enjoyed it (2 adults, 3 children 8, 6 and$). Fats moving never boring and very scary (well for this adult)

katy

great film, we all enjoyed it (2 adults, 3 children 8, 6 and$). Fats moving never boring and very scary (well for this adult)

Richy

The Spiderwick Chronicles - sorry about typo - Go and see superb storytelling and great entertainment..

Richy

The Spiderwick Chronicles - sorry about typo - Go and see superb storytelling and great entertainment..

Richy

The Spicderwick Chronicles - I'll start by saying I have not read the book - People get very ung up on book to film - This is a film review of a film - It is nothing short of brilliant - I like Narnia (am a fan of books and it is well done) - I enjoy Harry Potter but it is dragging a little now - but this was exciting a well told story , well acted - great cgi (not overuse) and importantly a sense of humour - a great film or all ages and a review should be fair and to give this film any less than 4 stars (unless one doesn't like this kind of film) is well beyound belief - this is done very well and with some style....but go and see the ilm 1st - read reviews after...make your own mind up - superb film

Richy

The Spicderwick Chronicles - I'll start by saying I have not read the book - People get very ung up on book to film - This is a film review of a film - It is nothing short of brilliant - I like Narnia (am a fan of books and it is well done) - I enjoy Harry Potter but it is dragging a little now - but this was exciting a well told story , well acted - great cgi (not overuse) and importantly a sense of humour - a great film or all ages and a review should be fair and to give this film any less than 4 stars (unless one doesn't like this kind of film) is well beyound belief - this is done very well and with some style....but go and see the ilm 1st - read reviews after...make your own mind up - superb film

busy mom

I took my son to see this movie and we both absolutely loved it. My 8 year old son begged to go see it again. I did take him to see it a second time and we both sat and watched it without saying a word, just like we had never seen it before. Now my son is always online looking for Spiderwick memorabilia. We both can't wait for it to come out on DVD.

busy mom

I took my son to see this movie and we both absolutely loved it. My 8 year old son begged to go see it again. I did take him to see it a second time and we both sat and watched it without saying a word, just like we had never seen it before. Now my son is always online looking for Spiderwick memorabilia. We both can't wait for it to come out on DVD.

AVERAGE JO(ANNE)

After reading some of the negative reviews on this site I was reluctant to see this film, but my 8 year old son was insistent.I am so glad I listened to him because it is an excellent film for any age group. I so often get bored when I take him to see the 'movie of the moment', but this time I was riveted and enjoyed it as much as him. So a message to all likeminded parents out there, you will love this film as much as the kids. I'd even go so far as to say it's better that some of the Harry Potter films!

AVERAGE JO(ANNE)

After reading some of the negative reviews on this site I was reluctant to see this film, but my 8 year old son was insistent.I am so glad I listened to him because it is an excellent film for any age group. I so often get bored when I take him to see the 'movie of the moment', but this time I was riveted and enjoyed it as much as him. So a message to all likeminded parents out there, you will love this film as much as the kids. I'd even go so far as to say it's better that some of the Harry Potter films!

Tracy Q

If you haven't read the books then this is a fun, exciting film. If like us you've read all the books then oh! what a disappointment! So much has been left out or changed unecesarily that I could cry. The film only lasted 1hr 25 mins so there's no excuse for leaving good bits out. And as for the ending....... why,oh why change it?

Tracy Q

If you haven't read the books then this is a fun, exciting film. If like us you've read all the books then oh! what a disappointment! So much has been left out or changed unecesarily that I could cry. The film only lasted 1hr 25 mins so there's no excuse for leaving good bits out. And as for the ending....... why,oh why change it?

kath n em

Very enjoyable film, didn't drag on. Special effects were really good. Both myself and my 8 year old loved it. Highly recommended!!

kath n em

Very enjoyable film, didn't drag on. Special effects were really good. Both myself and my 8 year old loved it. Highly recommended!!

haley x

this film was insane and the C g I's (computer graphic images for those of you who dont know) were amazing. im 14 and i loved it. i recommend this to anyone - all ages! it was brilliant - well worth it.

haley x

this film was insane and the C g I's (computer graphic images for those of you who dont know) were amazing. im 14 and i loved it. i recommend this to anyone - all ages! it was brilliant - well worth it.

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