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Bridge to Terabithia

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  Bridge to Terabithia Review
Tookey's Rating
4 /10
Average Rating
8.00 /10
Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel
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Directed by: Gabor Csupo
Written by: Jeff Stockwell, David Paterson

Released: 2007
Genre: DRAMA
Origin: US
Colour: C
Length: 95

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A classic!

(Paul Fischer, Dark Horizons)

Director Gabor Csupo of Rugrats "fame" steers clear of cutesy tween stereotypes, but it's Jess's relationship with his father, played by Robert Patrick, that elevates Terabithia from a good kids movie to a classic contender.

(Jessica Grose, Village Voice)

The news is good for Bridge to Terabithia fans. The beloved children's book has not just survived but thrived in its adaptation to the screen.

(Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
A wonderfully heart-wrenching love story for tweens, teens, and even adults who fondly remember when a friendship could be ignited by a gesture as simple as offering a stick of Juicy Fruit.
(Alex Chun, Los Angeles Times)

This is easily the best family feature of the early year.

(James Berardinelli, Reelviews)

This is Csupo's feature directorial debut, but as creator, producer, and writer of Rugrats and The Wild Thornberrys, among several other series, he's had a long career in animation, and he handles the CGI setpieces masterfully.

(Tasha Robinson, The Onion)

Consistently smart and delicate as a spider web, Bridge to Terabithia is the kind of children’s movie rarely seen nowadays. And at a time when many public schools are being forced to cut music and art from the curriculum, the story’s insistence on the healing power of a nurtured imagination is both welcome and essential.

(Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times)

Csupo needed two very gifted leads to do this beloved story justice, and found them in AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson.

(Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News)
Has buckets of gentle sincerity. Since there aren't any dumb jokes or hip visuals, it's easy to get caught up in the simple messages: Be good to your sister, don't be a bully, use your imagination in a pinch.
(Kyle Smith, New York Post)

Elaborately mounted, expensively produced and filmed with style and empathy, it's an adaptation of Paterson's Newbery Medal-winning book that manages to expand the original vision, yet preserve much of its intense emotion.

(Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune)

There's a persistent innocence to this movie that will work wonders on all but the most churlish.

(Chris Kaltenbach, Baltimore Sun)

It's like an After-School Special version of Pan's Labyrinth, and I actually mean that as a compliment.

(Ty Burr, Boston Globe)

Bridge to Terabithia the movie, like the book, is buckets-of-tears sad. Director Csupo and company manage to get that - the simple power of a story about kindred souls, about loss, about the limitless possibilities of a lively mind - just right.

(Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer)

A must-see for the entire family!

(Lisa Stanley, CBS Radio)

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