Overall Rank: 4426
Average Rating: 2.6/4
# of Ratings: 128
Theatrical Release Date: 02/15/2008
Blu-ray/DVD Release Date: 06/24/2008
Genre: Action, Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Mark Waters
Actors: Sarah Bolger, Freddie Highmore, David Strathairn, Nick Nolte, Mary-Louise Parker, Joan Plowright
Quick Movie Reviews
Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 07/25/2019
It finds a way to fit a majority the material from the books into one movie.
Matthew Brady - wrote on 09/20/2014
This movie is not for family trust me, but it's a good movie.
Towaway - wrote on 12/28/2008
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.
Full Movie Reviews
Daniel Corleone - wrote on 04/21/2013
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 …
Franz Patrick - wrote on 08/30/2008
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 …
BryanFury - wrote on 02/25/2008
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 …
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