The Spiderwick Chronicles

Their world is closer than you think.


The Spiderwick Chronicles
Based on the popular children's series of books, the first movie in the franchise introduces us to the two twins and their older sister, who have recently moved with their divorced mom into a very old abandoned family home. One of the twins discovers an old book, and, ignoring warnings, opens it and begins to read. This action causes the mysterious creatures living in the house and surrounding woods to be attracted and visible, leading the siblings into adventure and danger.

100 minutes.
Mature Accompaniment under 10 (Violence).
Drama, Family, Fantasy, Thriller.

Showtimes

Anything Harry can do, I can do better...
Anything Harry can do, I can do better...

Credits

Cast
Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger, Mary-Louise Parker, Joan Plowright, David Strathairn, voices of Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen
Director
Mark Waters
ScreenplayKarey Kirkpatrick, David Berenbaum, John Sayles, based on the books by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black
MusicJames Horner
CinematographyCaleb Deschanel
EditingMichael Kahn
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS, Sonics-DDP
Made in2008
Produced byThe Kennedy/Marshall Company, Nickelodeon Movies, Spiderwick Productions, Gotham Group, Mark Canton Productions

Official Site | IMDB page | FPB Report | ScreenIt Report
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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreFantasy, adventure
LanguageNone
NudityNone
SexNone
ViolenceMild low impact fantasy violence, psychological threat
PrejudiceNone
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsWarning: Low impact psychological threat — parental advisement and mature accompaniment required.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.

ScreenIt Report (USA)

Sex / Nudity
0
Violence
4
Blood / Gore / Gross
3
Guns / Weapons
3
Profanity
2
Alcohol / Drugs
0
Smoking
0
Disrespectful / Bad Attitude
5
Imitative Behaviour
2
Frightening / Tense Scenes
4
Jump Scenes
1
Tense Family Scenes
4
Music (Scary/Tense)
5
Music (Inappropriate)
0
Topics to talk about
4


Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus / The Star
Theresa Smith quote iconWeaves a fantastical web.
15
Cape Times
Carino Chocano quote iconFairy fantasy is an action movie focused on the chase.
10
iAfrica.com
Rebekah Kendal quote iconA substantial and enchanting story without pushing the screen time beyond tolerable lengths.
15
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
24.com
Ivan Sadler quote iconNot perfect by any means and the more cynical among us will find the sugary ending enraging, but it will fill the gap while we wait for the next installments of Narnia and Harry Potter.
10
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert quote iconThe Spiderwick Chronicles is a terrific entertainment for the whole family, except those below a certain age, who are likely to be scared out of their wits.
18
ReelViews
James Berardinelli quote iconThere are some scary moments but they're not that scary and the violence is muted by the ways in which it is shot and presented.
15
ScreenIt
quote iconWhile purposefully not epic in stature like the Potter and Rings flicks, the film works in its smaller scale, decently mixing action, frights and some comedy.
12
Metacritic.com
30 critics
12
Rottentomatoes critics
111 critics
13
Rottentomatoes tomatometer
Tomatometer quote iconAn entertaining children's adventure with heart and imagination to spare. The Spiderwick Chronicles is an entertaining children's adventure, with heart and imagination to spare.
16

What the People say

Internet
2650 Netizens quote iconAMAZING Kid's Movie!
14

Average .. 69%

14




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