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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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The young leads are charming and the sweet story gently imparts worthy messages about friendship, family and the power of imagination, but director Gabor Csupo's faithful adaptation is a bit underwhelming, as the anticipated fantastical elements are minimal. Still, despite a plot twist that may upset sensitive young children, the movie is family-friendly. Mature thematic elements, including the death of a child, some minor peril and a few mildly crude language.

(US Conference of Catholic Bishops)

An affecting movie based on a highly regarded children's book by Katherine Paterson, set in the States, but made in New Zealand, by the producers of The Chronicles of Narnia. Two lonely 11-year-old kids become chums at grade school and invent an imaginary world in a forest near their homes. One is the only child of self-absorbed novelists, the other the only son among the five kids of a hard-pressed blue-collar family. The makers go easy on the special effects and the picture has a tragic dimension that young children will find upsetting. But if they watch it in the right spirit, and the right company, it could prove emotionally enlarging. The book's author admits that her magical Terabithia is something of a homage to Terebinthia, an imaginary island mentioned in Prince Caspian and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and the film might well bear the subtitle 'Meet Me in CS Lewis'.

(Philip French, Observer)

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