88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is easily the best family feature of the early year.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's like an After-School Special version of "Pan's Labyrinth ," and I actually mean that as a compliment.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Bridge to Terabithia the movie, like the book, is buckets-of-tears sad. Director Csupo and company manage to get that - the simple power of a story about kindred souls, about loss, about the limitless possibilities of a lively mind - just right.
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75

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Csupo needed two very gifted leads to do this beloved story justice, and found them in AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Bridge to Terabithia is a good movie, but it could become truly great with a director's cut that leaves the fantastic elements a little more vague.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Wilmington
Elaborately mounted, expensively produced and filmed with style and empathy, it's an adaptation of Paterson's Newbery Medal-winning book that manages to expand the original vision, yet preserve much of its intense emotion.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The fantasy-adventure incorporates the novel's magical and emotional elements without overplaying either -- a balance that hasn't always proven easy to maintain in the world of kid-lit adaptation.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
For a movie about the power of imagination, Bridge to Terabithia is not as clever as you would hope.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

The movie -- which never decides if it's a fantasy or coming-of-age story -- spends a lot of time away from Terabithia; that also leaches out the wonder. The boy seems more excited that Zooey Deschanel is his hottie music teacher than he is to see tree men in the forest.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Though the first-time director, Gabor Csupo, has achieved distinction as an animation artist, he lacks experience directing actors. The best adult performance in the film is that of Zooey Deschanel; she comes off -- again, agreeably -- as self-directed.
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74 out of 100
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