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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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“..a jumble of half-baked ideas, none particularly interesting..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]


“..Blomkamp's ideas feel depleted this time, dulled by repetition and other cinematic droids that stretch from HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey to Ultron in the upcoming sequel to The Avengers..”
by Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]


“..Winstead is one of the most intuitive actors of her generation, and though her impressive range is easy to spot, it's her elasticity that makes her so rewarding to watch..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]


“..Sam Worthington and Jim Sturgess are solid as two of the four kidnappers, but Swedish director Daniel Alfredson pushes the caper button too many times..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


“..the material is not exceptional, but Ms. Clarkson always is. She's that rare actress over 50 who seems to land a lot of the juicy roles her younger competitors covet..”
by Rex Reed [New York Observer]


“..yet there is a touching sincerity to the entire enterprise, its lumpiness coming from a desire not to make things up, and if you can put away your cynicism, which I clearly am struggling with, the acting might win you over too..”
by Steve Morrissey [MovieSteve]


“..this is one of those movies that's not very good but not so offensively bad that I regret ever seeing it. No doubt, it's also something I probably won't remember in a week..”
by Brian Oliver [The Movieman]


“..like a counterfeit handbag: It looks great but falls apart when you reach into it..”
by Rafer Guzman [Newsday]


“..thoroughly predictable, and despite an original setup, the movie never rouses the emotions..”
by Marjorie Baumgarten [Austin Chronicle]


“..the stories are horrifying, but essential to hear..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]