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The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008) Movie Information

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Mark Waters


Sarah Bolger
Freddie Highmore
David Strathairn
Nick Nolte
Mary-Louise Parker
Joan Plowright





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Matthew Brady 09/20/2014 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This movie is not for family trust me, but it's a good movie.

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Towaway 12/28/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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Fast paced and entertaining; everything Jumanji wasn't. I enjoyed each of the young actors' performances and their relationship with their mother and her not believing was very organic and believable to the film. Mary-Louise Parker may have gone over the top occasionally in her performance but not enough that it took away from enjoying the film. The special effects were great and made each of the creatures the children encountered seem real; characters I really cared about and occasionally they made me laugh.

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Ollievee79 07/26/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

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This movie was good, but with elements of The Neverending Story, ET, and Narnia thrown in, nothing we haven't seen before. The visual effects were neat and the little creatures looked awesome. James Horner did a wonderful job as always with the score.

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04/21/2013 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

The Spiderwick Chronicles review

Freddie Highmore portrays Jared/Simon Grace, together with Sarah Bolger as Mallory, discover goblins. An ogre named Mulgarath (Nick Nolte) wants the book garnered by Jared. Aunt Lucinda explains the incident about her father. Hogsqueal (Seth Rogen) helps Jared. Its humor was somewhat forced and background of the menacing ogre was not that delved into. Pace was sluggish in the first half and the mixture of drama, fairytale and adventure felt albeit confusing. Highmore shows potential in his dual role and the screenplay was provocative enough. Special effects and score were wonderful. Best lines would be from Arthur Spiderwick - "I was so captivated by all the magical creatures I found that I lost sight of the one I already had." and Helen Grace - "I was trying to protect you, but I...

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08/30/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Has Something Magical to Offer

Even though it doesn’t feel as epic as the “Harry Potter,” “His Dark Materials” and “The Chronicles of Narnia” series, “The Spiderwick Chronicles” has something magical to offer. Freddie Highmore plays two characters–twins Jared Grace and Simon Grace–the former is tougher, more adventurous, while the latter is more soft-spoken and a bit geeky. It’s interesting to watch Highmore play the two because they are so opposite, yet he could pull it off pretty well. Not only are the characters different in personalities, their contributions in order to defeat the evil creatures differed as well. Sarah Bolger, who plays Mallory Grace, is a nice addition because she has that sword-wielding, older sister, girl-power. Interestingly enough, the mother, played by Mary-Louise Parker, was kind of irksome ...

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02/25/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

We all die bye bye

The Spiderwick's trailer was not as strong as the movie. At the first you might think it’s another one of those fantasy-ish types that would not even scratch your expectations. Because as of now you would say almost everything has been like been there done that sort of thing. But surprising as it is the Spiderwick Chronicles holds up to much of my expectations. If I would to compare it to other big names in this category, I would compare to a small scale LOTR. I know it’s a big shoe to fill, but believed me when I say that the comparison is uncanny. The fact that LOTR's budget exceeds the wick's chronicles by a humongous sum, it doesn't prevent it from telling a good story. Even the effects where mild and simple, but then sometimes you only need simplicity to see true beauty. There are al...

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