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The Spiderwick Chronicles

2008
Drama
Family/Kids
1h 36m
Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures. (imdb)
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The Spiderwick Chronicles

2008
Drama
Family/Kids
1h 36m
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Avg Percentile 39.93% from 1155 total ratings

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Rated 18 Jul 2016
78
40th
Decent enough for kids, but completely forgettable.
Rated 04 Mar 2008
75
25th
It is hard to find anything really "wrong" with the movie--the special effects were good, the acting was fine, the action scenes were tense, the touching moments were touching... But, I was not really wowed by the movie. I think I expected more details about the fantasy world, rather than just kids having to escape from goblins and save-the-world. I would have loved to learn more about Arthur Spiderwick and all the creatures he discovered, rather than focusing on the goblin-creatures and actio
Rated 18 Mar 2010
80
48th
I was surprised how much I enjoyed it.
Rated 22 Nov 2023
60
44th
great childhood horror film. great memories
Rated 08 Jul 2018
51
35th
Gets the job done in that way where you know what's going to happen, but you're still watching it out of mild curiosity to see how they choose to roll it out.
Rated 12 Jul 2012
75
85th
I always wished that this got the franchise treatment. This has all the magic, fun, and excitement that is needed to make a successful film series.
Rated 27 Mar 2009
80
74th
aside from some ugly plot holes that none of the target audience would notice, this movie is quite enjoyable. good story, good action, great aspects of fantasy and adventure. could have been more packed with fantasy as it seems to lull in parts, but what is there is definately satisfying.
Rated 06 Sep 2008
75
63rd
For a book adaptation that isn't 'Potter' or 'LOTR,' Spiderwick certainly held its ground well thanks to some great effects and an otherwise enjoyable set of performances.
Rated 24 Aug 2008
3
28th
Color me surprised - I skipped it in theaters, dismissing it as a hop-on on the post-Harry Potter "kids & magic" craze - and it is - but it's also a fun, lively, fairly well-acted, and entertaining little fantasy flick. More violent than I expected too. I probably would have liked it more if I was 15 years younger, but it's not half bad at all.
Rated 07 Mar 2008
50
39th
Fun. A bit to much chasing about for my taste.
Rated 03 Mar 2008
80
30th
I think I would have liked this more if I had a better understanding of it prior to having seen it. I was expecting a more in-depth story and plot. However, with it's being just one film (instead of a trilogy, etc.) I can understand why the story wasn't more involved (though other films seem to have been able to succeed in this, such as Narnia: LW&W). That said, I did think it was a good film, well acted, and good special effects. Worth seeing!
Rated 31 Mar 2008
100
95th
This is a HELL of a lot better than I expected. Yes, it's conventional, but everything works. An uplifting, charming, downright sweet family movie that I liked so much I'm kind of ashamed to admit it
Rated 26 Jul 2016
15
1st
Kitabi okuyan filmin ne kadar les oldugunu zaten anlar.
Rated 20 Apr 2011
60
55th
An fantasy in the vein of Narnia and Harry Potter, Spiderwick Chronicles creates an engaging and unique world scattered with strong characters and imaginative settings.
Rated 24 Apr 2011
69
60th
It only takes few pages of the book to realize how much improving this movie needs. It's sad how screenwriters always want to put every detail of the book into the movie and they lose the plot somewhere in that process.
Rated 25 Jan 2012
75
18th
The Spiderwick Chronicles is full of imagination and is a good kid's film.
Rated 27 Dec 2012
30
33rd
Tries to be in the same league as films like the Narnia or Harry Potter series, but lacks the charm or spirit of those franchises. Maybe I'm just culturally biased and like my kids' fantasy films to have British protagonists and not bratty constantly yelling American ones.
Rated 03 Jun 2013
60
47th
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Rated 24 Jun 2013
4
55th
I really enjoyed this movie. I love Freddie Highmore in everything he does.
Rated 22 Dec 2013
3
3rd
ffs
Rated 22 Dec 2013
80
56th
The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.
Rated 10 Jan 2015
61
23rd
Not terrible but nothing special either. As an adult this film didn't offer me anything, but since I'm not the target audience I guess I should have known better. I also have seen much worse (but also a lot better) films inside this genre. Probably not worth your time though.
Rated 14 Sep 2015
4
51st
Seth Rogen has really let himself go.
Rated 10 Nov 2010
70
21st
A little too childish.
Rated 07 Aug 2016
58
22nd
Great book, great concept. The movie starts promisingly but quickly stumbles. Weird, stilted acting, a plot that hurries all too quickly along and leaves out crucially much of the book makes for a forgettable experience.
Rated 21 Nov 2016
65
24th
Pretty tense kid's movie but it pulls it off fine
Rated 16 Jun 2018
80
51st
B+
Rated 22 Feb 2008
70
71st
No harry potter, but pretty nice movie
Rated 16 Aug 2018
69
52nd
B
Rated 27 Dec 2019
70
46th
Top badass moment? Seeing a film that's as wholesome as a loaf of "hand-made to a 300 year-old family recipe and baked in small batches" artisan bread. It was very nice. Parents stay out of the way, kids solve mystery, clear-cut goodies & baddies fight it out, some lovely CGI runs around and it makes little sense if you think about it too much. But it doesn’t do anything unexpected that’s not built into it, like a toaster. 1 cat (that doesn’t really do much), no chainsaws or decapitations.
Rated 05 Feb 2020
60
11th
Decent. Acting is pretty good. Creature effects are just okay. Story is predictable and never super interesting. The pace is plodding. And the human world is surprisingly mundane and plain as fantasy goes. But somehow, it is a fun and cute family movie. Lots of laughs. It just lacks the depth, better special effects, cleaner pacing and better acting that could have given it a high score. Worth watching with family. It's a pretty fun ride in the style of Hook and Casper! The music is good too!
Rated 08 Jan 2021
50
77th
While I still haven't gotten around to organize the lead into 1947, a adventure movie was requested and this one looked interesting. Ended-up being kind of a one-trick pony, or one-trick goblin, or whatever those little monsters were, but it was mildly fun. Certainly a world i could appreciate, and one they could have built on. We were satisfied enough with this one, but it felt like they could have done so much more with it too.
Rated 13 Sep 2021
64
62nd
It's okay for kids, the pretty typical "fairy world is real" kind of plot. The warnings of danger can be creepy for kids, but the ogre doesn't live up to the hype built
Rated 16 Jul 2022
60
25th
Nickelodeon+aretheyrealtwins?-idoubtitlol+sethrogenlol+gmabacktoit+gettoherdad+stabbedfakedad+reunitetoyoungages
Rated 14 Nov 2022
61
47th
The "Harry Potter"-inspired gold rush of its decade can be felt, strongly so, but Highmore's terrific performance and some clever motifs earn it good marks.
Rated 30 Sep 2023
60
67th
Memory of the books is loving the aesthetic but frustrated by missed potential. The movie is consistent w that: besides some goofy character designs it's visually gorgeous, with top notch props, sets, shot composition, colors. But the characters are insufferable for most of the film. I don't like protags being unkind. If the film were just "softer" overall, I'd love it. [SPOILERS] I hated the action scene toward the end since pretty sets got wrecked. Unnecessary! Parts reminded me of Time Trap.
Rated 16 Feb 2008
83
60th
Very impressive movie, actually.
Rated 03 Mar 2009
76
72nd
I thought it was quite entertaining
Rated 21 Jun 2008
37
28th
This movie is a little bit like Bridge to Terabithia (you can see fairy creatures only if you believe in them), the Neverending Story (flying in the air by fairy animal), Hulk (when you get angry you turn to green monster), House on the Borderland (people captured inside house surrounded by monsters). Story itself is for youngsters, but the last fight is pretty impressive.
Rated 11 Jul 2008
79
67th
Way better than I expected. I was surprised
Rated 25 Jul 2008
74
37th
Nice fantasy flick. The ogre was pretty good
Rated 12 Apr 2008
65
46th
Much better than I thought it would be. Awesome movie for the age range of 8-14. Younger kids may be scared by some scenes in the movie. Wonderful for the whole family over 8 years old!
Rated 01 Sep 2008
50
36th
Were launched in excess of the genre films lately. It is not entirely bad, but adds nothing new.
Rated 03 Apr 2008
70
42nd
Nice fairytale. The fantasy proclaimed to be similar to this are for more adult audiance, so it was strange at the beginning to see something so simple and really about not very heroic children and not so fantastic world.
Rated 14 Sep 2008
56
34th
Decent enough children's movie. It'll keep them entertained but I won't lie the adults will be wishing they're watching something else. It's nowhere near the laugh-catastrophe "Bridge to Terabithia" was though, so that's a plus.
Rated 21 Sep 2008
65
23rd
Narnia and golden compass stuff but better
Rated 01 Dec 2008
37
31st
not so good
Rated 18 Jan 2009
65
21st
Kinda boring but OK.
Rated 20 Feb 2009
76
47th
Well told story, though it gets a bit too intense at times for what would otherwise be the target audience.
Rated 28 Feb 2009
75
52nd
Skemmtileg og spennandi fjölskyldumynd sem opnar upp ævintýraheim fyrir börn jafnt sem fullorða.
Rated 03 May 2008
75
65th
a little bit scary for my kid but she still loved it and she is only 3
Rated 19 Mar 2009
30
61st
"...the fact that the film works inner turmoil into the fabric of the story gives it a genuine emotional edge that is all too often lacking in movies aimed at kids."
Rated 22 Apr 2009
80
70th
"It's fast-paced and funny, strangely warm and suddenly creepy, disarmingly charming and admirably icky, all at the same time."
Rated 15 Jun 2009
67
73rd
eng; durch ein buch aus einer alten villa bekommen die neu eingezogenen kinder einblick in eine welt voller fantastischen creaturen.
Rated 14 Nov 2009
70
39th
The film very effectively captures the feel of the book. All the performances were good and Freddy Highmore does a wonderful job portraying two distinctly different twins. The special effects were appropriate and captured the imagination of the books. The film is a wonderful family film that will captivate adults and kids alike.
Rated 19 Nov 2009
50
35th
Good childrens film.
Rated 23 Dec 2009
52
41st
A fairly good young cast and some nice effects mean this is a pretty enjoyable film. This film seems to struggle out of the starting blocks however, and never seems to really get going. It is a shame as the story and cast are quite strong. "The Spiderwick Chronicles" sets a good standard for childrens fantasy adventure but is not exciting or grandious enough to be a really good film.
Rated 27 Jan 2010
70
23rd
Decent kid's film. A bit slow but it's not a bad film.
Rated 14 Feb 2008
60
33rd
Nothing too remarkable here, but it should make for decent family entertainment (wee ones may not like it--the creatures here are mean and violent). The element of the family dealing with a divorce adds a needed touch of depth. It was sort of pointless to have Freddie Highmore play a pair of twin brothers since it rarely focuses on Simon.By the way, I noticed that composer James Horner re-uses parts of his score from Casper...
Rated 11 Jun 2010
76
82nd
Rated 21 Sep 2010
40
24th
That's it, we don't need anymore "kids find magical world" movies
Rated 25 Sep 2010
65
45th
I thought this was pretty interesting visually and does try to work some backstory in, but boring in parts.
Rated 21 Oct 2010
20
41st
"Fatherless children are the order of the day, but the film develops this theme no more than the absolute minimum, instead content to stage swordfights and races-against-time between its plucky child protagonists and their monstrous enemies." - Nick Schager

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