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Movie review: "The Spiderwick Chronicles"

Original post made by Tyler Hanley, online editor of Palo Alto Online, on Feb 15, 2008

Some films are perfect for the pint-sized viewer. This fantasy-infused adventure is rich with eye-popping visual effects, colorful characters and tear-jerking family dynamics. But adults should be warned that the depth stops there -- compared to other myth-and-magic flicks such as "The Lord of the Rings" or "Pan's Labyrinth," "Spiderwick" feels like "Sesame Street."

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Posted by jumpy
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 16, 2008 at 8:02 am

I previewed this movie yesterday, prior to bringing my 10 year old and his friends..

I kept jumping out of my skin. Pretty intensely scary movie with very realistically scary monsters and scenes. Skipped a lot of the story in favor of scary graphics. Bummer.

If THIS is PG, I would hate to see PG-13! I don't recommend it if a kid of 10 is at all nervous or jumpy.

NOT bringing my 10 year old and his friends. Frankly, not sure it would even be ok until around 12.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2008 at 10:32 am

My 10 year old son and his friends love this book. Does the plot follow the book and if they know the plot is it less likely to be scary?


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Posted by Tyler Hanley
online editor of Palo Alto Online
on Feb 19, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Tyler Hanley is a registered user.

Afraid I can't really answer this as I haven't read the book, but I haven't heard any complaints that the film strays too far from the source material.