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Zathura Reviews



Genre :

Action, Fantasy

Release Date :

November 11, 2005

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Jon Favreau

Starring :

Tim Robbins, Josh Hutcherson, Jonah Bobo, Dax Shepard, Kristen Stewart, Derek Mears, Douglas Tait

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

3 of 5

“..younger ones will just enjoy it for the sense of adventure..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]
2.5 of 4

“..ultimately more exhausting than engaging..”
by Tim Knight [Reel]
“..is full of nonsense physics and missed opportunities..”
by Steve Schneider [Orlando Weekly]
4 of 5

“..a zippy trip for the entire family..”
by Gerry Shamray [Sun Newspapers of Cleveland]
2 of 4

“..a tick better than the movie version of "Jumanji,"..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
3.5 of 4

“..a terrific holiday film..”
by James Verniere [Boston Herald]
4.5 of 5

“..a stellar fantasy that faces down childhood anxieties with feet-on-the-ground maturity..”
by Scott Brown [Entertainment Weekly]
3.5 of 5

“..a sporadically engaging fable about becoming a man by taking chances and playing fair..”
by Joe Williams [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
3 of 4

“..a pleasant contrast to the nauseating dreck that normally masquerades as family-friendly science fiction..”
by James Berardinelli [ReelViews]
8 of 10

“..a great sci-fi film and a movie that both kids and adults can enjoy..”
by Scott Chitwood [Comingsoon]
“..a family film that even childless adults can enjoy..”
by John DeFore [The Hollywood Reporter]
4.5 of 5
Reviewed by Nancy Churnin [The Dallas Morning News]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Winda Benedetti [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
4 of 5
Reviewed by Scott Weinberg [EFilmCritic]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Pete Vonder Haar [Film Threat, Hollywood's Indie Voice]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]
3.5 of 5
Reviewed by Matt Caracappa [Boxoffice Magazine]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Daniel Fienberg [Zap2it]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Amy Biancolli [Houston Chronicle]
3 of 5
Reviewed by Eric Lurio [Greenwich Village Gazette]
3 of 5
Reviewed by [E! Online]
3 of 4
Reviewed by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Barbara Vancheri [Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Gene Seymour [Newsday]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Elizabeth Weitzman [New York Daily News]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Sara M. Fetters [MovieFreak]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Nick Schager [Slant Magazine]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Piet Levy [The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Tom Meek [The Boston Phoenix]
2 of 5
Reviewed by Andrea Chase [Killer Movie Reviews]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
1.5 of 5
Reviewed by David Levine [Filmcritic]
Reviewed by Ken Eisner [Georgia Straight]

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“..thanks to a strong visual eye and a terrific cast, this anguished, but intimate coming of age tale tends to (mostly) recompense for some of the darker and more despondent elements that will test some resolves..”
by Rodrigo Perez [The Playlist]


“..simply by not getting the balance right, "The Bronze" seems to be lucky to have medaled at all..”
by Drew McWeeny [HitFix]


“..a serviceable family film that is hardly a worthy rival for "Searching for Bobby Fischer"..”
by Ben Kenigsberg [NY Times]


“..though the books are brilliant, Depp's attempt to make his own Terry-Thomas movie feels tired and more than a little tortured..”
by Ali Plumb [Empire Online]


“..it's not much fun at all, but at least it's over..”
by Moira MacDonald [Seattle Times]


“..the new animated musical fairy tale from the mind and the mixtape of George Lucas, is indeed strange. What's missing is the magic..”
by Betsy Sharkey [LA Times]


“..Patrick Tobin's infuriatingly coy script... turning the film into a morbid guessing game..”
by Joshua Rothkopf [Time Out New York]


“..the same elements that have endeared or alienated viewers of Dolan's previous films are all here in Mommy..”
by Liam Lacey [Globe and Mail]


“..Scoot McNairy is a terrifically spineless, whining mouthpiece for the adventurer who financed the journey, and Ben Mendelsohn is a terrifying underwater psycho. The whole thing adds up to a watery grave of claustrophobia-but that can be pretty terrifying..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]


“..Song One has its heart in the right place (on its sleeve)-it's just in desperate need of a few strong hooks..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]