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Two unlikely outsiders become best friends when they find one likes to draw and the other has a new world of imagination. Together they create a secret kingdom where they go and rule the king, fight the Dark Master and his creatures and plot against the school bullies.
Fantasy Adventure - Despite the advertising, this is not an effects-laden
fantasy-adventure but a serious drama about the friendship between
two children. The downbeat ending may be of concern to parents of
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Very Good Bridge to Terabithia touches the heart without pulling too hard at the strings, and it reminds us that creativity should be encouraged in children, if only to give them a temporary refuge into which they can retreat when the colors of reality turn gray.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average But a word of caution for those unfamiliar with the novel: The plot takes a sad turn that could be disturbing to some children.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 152 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:THEY LOVED IT! Very Highly Recommended!
TEENS:They enjoyed it nearly as much as the children. Highly Recommended!
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:There were not very many in this group. Fortunately, these few opinions clearly show that everyone enjoyed "Bridge to Terabithia" very much. Highly Recommended!
ADULTS:GREAT OPINIONS! This is certainly a movie the entire family will enjoy. Don't Miss It!
Jess Aarons (JOSH HUTCHERSON) is an outsider at school and even in
his own family. Jess has trained all summer to become the fastest kid in his middle school
class, but his goal is unexpectedly thwarted by the new girl in school, Leslie Burke
(ANNASOPHIA ROBB), who competes in the "boys only” race and wins.
Despite their awkward introduction, the two outsiders quickly become best friends. Leslie
loves to tell stories of fantasy and magic. Jess loves to draw, but until he met Leslie, it was
something he kept to himself. Leslie opens a new world of imagination for Jess. Together,
they create the secret kingdom of Terabithia, a magical place only accessible by swinging
on an old rope over a stream in the woods near their homes. There, the friends rule the
kingdom, fight the Dark Master and his creatures and plot against the school bullies.