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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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