Weta Digital Ltd
Jeff Jensen
June 15, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Bridge to Terabithia

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
Wide Release Date
02/16/07
performer
Zooey Deschanel, Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Robert Patrick
director
Gabor Csupo
distributor
Walt Disney Pictures
author
Jeff Stockwell
genre
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Kids and Family

We gave it a B

Remove the matricide and adolescent romance from Heavenly Creatures and you get Bridge to Terabithia, taken from the kids’ novel about two artsy, outcast youths who imagine a Narnia-lite wonderland in the woods. Despite his eye for grubby teenage detail and fantastic F/X, director/animation guru Gabor Csupo (Rugrats) elicits only serviceable performances from his actors. The third-act tragedy feels forced, but you’ll be bawling anyway. EXTRAS Educators discuss the book and movie. Yep: Terabithia is an after-school special writ large. B

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