The Spiderwick Chronicles Synopsis
Siblings (Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger) encounter magical creatures at a relative's old estate.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A well-crafted family thriller that is truly scary and doesn't wimp out.
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San Francisco Chronicle

A mostly superb cast, superior special effects, a sparkling musical score and a fantasy-filled plot .
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
The film underscores the power of reading, and applying what we read to problem-solving. The story suggests that we don't really see the...
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Chicago Tribune

A fast-moving adventure with more than dynamic glitz to recommend it.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The children's real world, or what passes for real in a fantasy, could hardly be more inviting, for reasons that are hardly mysterious: the...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
An enjoyable adventure fantasy that pushes all the requisite buttons while still managing to throw in a pleasant surprise or two.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Spiderwick is set in the present, but goes for an overall design look of dainty, cozy, William Morris-y arts-andcraftiness.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
It's a good movie for its type, but it rarely stops to let us marvel at the world it creates.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
A world designed for children, and most of the grownups involved don't quite understand it - on or offscreen.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
We're supposed to be agog at the fantastical creatures and dazzling special effects. But the more wrenching story of disillusioned children...
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2 Families Review, GREAT MOVIE! MUST SEE!

By TLC_28
Audience: 3 girls ages 14, 9, and 9, 1 boy age 8 We all thought Spiderwick was a GREAT movie and were on the edge of our seats. The action was great, intense, and kept you on your toes. The kids...


By Glesgagirl
Great Family Fun Clean movie. I truly enjoyed it. Both my daughter and I agreed there was alot of Harry Potter similar names and the Big Bird but what a wonderful movie to watch. I will have to buy...

The Chronicles of What?

By CtMovie_Buff
I seen a screening last night at a manhattan theatre! The movie was enjoyable it was no harry potter or chronicles of narnia but it is in its own right a good m,ovie. Although the mopvie is not as...

Most Enjoyable

By moshpitmomma
I loved this movie and so did my 10 year old son. I can't wait for my other children to see it. I don't think it should be compared to Narnia (slow moments) or Potter (emotional teenage moments)....


By movie_goer525
This movie will be awesome!!!! I want to see it so badly. I might see it in the IMAX....

A little scary.

By randjkelley
My 9 year old liked it, but was spooked through the first half, which is unusual for him. I would not suggest it for any kids under 8, and would definitely be there to watch it with older kids even....

Cool CGI effect

By Jsonestor
You know I'm not a big fan of fictional movie. But the only thing I wanted to see is the animation CGI effect. It looks pretty kewl! If there's more clip to see, I would have rate higher. Since, not...

The Chronicals Of Narnia

By 5_stars
To me, this is just another Chronicals of Narnia. I think that the story line is the same in both movies. Or at least really similar. On my part, I wouldn't go see it. See . . . Spiderwick was a book...

soo good!

By callmeirresponsible
my 2 friends and I went to go see the sneak preview. we all loved it even though we are all 17 and this film is probably considered a children's movie. go see it!...


By DreamSinger
I understand changes occur to stories that go from print to big screen. Movies like Narnia and Lord of the Rings did their original stories justice. This movie does not. There were things in the...

More Info

Rated PG | For scary creature action and violence, peril and some thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Book-based family fantasy is magical fun but also scary.
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