100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
There's an edge to this exemplary family movie, just as there is in the story.
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100

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The endearingly enduring 1952 E.B. White novel about friendship and salvation, has been turned into a beautifully rendered motion picture that's full of warmth, wit and wonder.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
What hooks you from the start is Dakota Fanning's unfussy passion as Fern.
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88

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Kids should enjoy the comic performances of the animals, and adults will appreciate the film's gentle poignancy, powerful enough to induce a lump in the throat.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Now, about the spider. Julia Roberts voices Charlotte in a way that suggests ... not much, I'm afraid. She may be a genuine movie star and can be a good actress, but her voice -- and what she does with it -- never has been one of her strengths.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
No, it isn't as magically enchanting as the 1952 children's classic by E.B. White, any more than a museum-shop print of La Giaconda is as mysteriously beguiling as Leonardo's original. But this respectful, live-action adaptation of White's gentle tale about an undersized pig, a clever spider and the everyday marvels that too often pass unnoticed is a charmer nonetheless.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Charlotte's Web has all the requisite elements that a family film needs to succeed and endure: humor, drama, pathos, and an emotionally satisfying ending.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
A perfectly lovely, if uninspired, movie that suffers from following on the trotters of "Babe," the one about the piglet advocate of barnyard brotherhood.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Indeed, woe be to the child who doesn't mist up at this movie, since it's been made if not with zip, wit, or imagination, then at least with sweetness. But I hope no one will think the film is an adequate replacement for White's book. That would be a crime.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
What it is, to borrow a word from the ever-eloquent spider Charlotte, is average. Don't misunderstand: While never quite enchanting, this "Web" is perfectly entertaining. But it could - and should -have been so much more.
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68 out of 100
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