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At Theaters: 2/14/2008 On Video: 6/24/2008
Rated: PG Length: 1 hr. 37 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 509938
Studio: Paramount Pictures Corp.
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Peculiar things start to happen the moment the Grace family (Jared, his twin brother Simon, sister Mallory and their mom) leave New York and move into the secluded old house owned by their great-great-uncle, Arthur Spiderwick. Unable to explain the strange disappearances and accidents that seem to be happening on a daily basis, the siblings investigate what’s really going on and uncover the extraordinary truth of the Spiderwick estate and the creatures that inhabit it.
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Movie Type (Genre) Heading
Fantasy Adventure - This is a fantasy/adventure based on the popular children's book series. The target audience is pre-teens as the film does have a number of sequences too scary and intense for young children.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Freddie Highmore AUGUST RUSH, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Mary-Louise Parker THE FIVE SENSES, RED DRAGON
Nick Nolte PEACEFUL WARRIOR, OVER THE HEDGE, THE HULK
Joan Plowright CURIOUS GEORGE, I AM DAVID, DINOSAUR
David Strathairn MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS, THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
Seth Rogen SUPERBAD, KNOCKED UP, YOU, ME AND DUPREE
Martin Short TREASURE PLANET, JIMMY NEUTRON: BOY GENIUS
Sarah Bolger STORMBREAKER
Director: Mark Waters JUST LIKE HEAVEN, MEAN GIRLS, FREAKY FRIDAY
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Production Notes Heading
About The Production
The Spiderwick Estate As A Character
The Field Guide & The "Seeing Stone"
The Unseen World
"Spiderwick's" Young Stars And Some Adults
Visual Effects Experts
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: 1 miscellaneous profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: Fights with creatures.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: None.
ACTION: Chases, fights, explosions.
COMEDY: Some humor with creatures.
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Berardinelli, Internet Critic Full Review
Good There's enough here to keep adults engaged, which is an important component of any motion picture that wants to be known as "family entertainment." I would place The Spiderwick Chronicles comfortably in that category.

Roger Ebert Full Review
Very Good 'The 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.

USA Today Full Review
Above Average The Spiderwick Chronicles is set in a jarring world. Or rather, the tale ambitiously attempts to bridge the gap between two disparate worlds: one of extreme fantasy and the other mired in harsh reality.

Note: The rating above is our interpretation of what the critic would give this movie based on their review. We are not affiliated with these critic's in any way.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 75 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
25
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
4
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
1
Fairly High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
5
High
100%
30+Adults (M)
16
High
100%
30+Adults (F)
24
Very High
100%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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OPINION OVERVIEW
The following is the original "What's Worth Watching" write-up for this movie.

Moviegoer Opinions:

Based on a theater exit polling of 75 moviegoers:OUTSTANDING REVIEWS FROM ALL AGES, BOTH MALE AND FEMALE! Very high reviews from adults as well as children. "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is a GREAT FAMILY FILM! DON'T MISS IT!


D ETAILED S TORYLINE
The story revolves around the three Grace children - Jared and his twin brother, Simon (both played by Freddie Highmore), and their older sister, Mallory (Sarah Bolger) - and their recently separated mother, Helen (Mary-Louise Parker). The family moves into the isolated, dilapidated Spiderwick Estate, the former home of their great, great uncle, Arthur Spiderwick (David Strathairn) and great-aunt Lucinda (Joan Plowright). While the kids resent the move, they each begin to adjust in their own way – Simon, the more studious twin, examining the unusual home, Mallory practicing her fencing, Helen getting a new job in a nearby town.

Jared, though, begins to notice unusual things happening around the magical house, and begins to investigate. Ignoring the warning of a house "brownie,” Thimbletack (Martin Short), an enchanted creature who lives in the walls of the manor, he comes upon a strange and potentially dangerous book written by Uncle Arthur, Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. Once opened, the book reveals – and unleashes – a world surrounding the Spiderwick Estate inhabited by some odd, wonderful - and scary – beings: a wily but friendly hobgoblin named Hogsqueal (Seth Rogen), a pack of dangerous goblins and the beautiful and mysterious fairies and sprites. Only those who look through a magical "seeing stone” or have a slovenly hobgoblin spit in their eye – the gooey fate of each of the children – can see these creatures.

But it is the crafty, evil ogre, Mulgarath (Nick Nolte), who poses the most ominous threat. The children begin to realize that the Field Guide is not merely a work of their uncle's imagination, but the key to all the fabulous beings they encounter, offering unbelievable power to anyone who understands its secrets. And Mulgarath will stop at nothing to get his hands on it!

Filled with rich fantasy, emotion, suspense and action, the film chronicles the Grace children's desperate attempts to protect the Field Guide and ensure it doesn't fall into the wrong hands, while drawing on – and building – their own strengths, with the help of some extraordinary creatures from the Unseen World.

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