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Bridge to Terabithia

Family . Drama . Adventure

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Together, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess cope with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him.

Actors: Zooey Deschanel , AnnaSophia Robb , Josh Hutcherson , Grace Brannigan , Judy McIntosh , Latham Gaines , Emma Fenton , Robert Patrick , Bailee Madison , Kate Butler
Directors: Gabor Csupo
Release: 2007-02-16
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  • Jessica Grose

    Director Gabor Csupo of Rugrats "fame" steer clear of cutesy tween stereotypes, but it's Jess's relationship with his father, played by Robert Patrick, that elevates Terabithia from a good kids movie to a classic contender.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Alex Chun

    A wonderfully heart-wrenching love story for tweens, teens, and even adults who fondly remember when a friendship could be ignited by a gesture as simple as offering a stick of Juicy Fruit.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    The news is good for Bridge to Terabithia fans. The beloved children's book has not just survived but thrived in its adaptation to the screen.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    This is easily the best family feature of the early year.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    This is Csupo's feature directorial debut, but as creator, producer, and writer of "Rugrats" and "The Wild Thornberrys," among several other series, he's had a long career in animation, and he handles the CGI setpieces masterfully.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Angie Errigo

    A thoroughly pleasing family film with fine performances and honest, affecting real situations mixed with joyful adventure.

    Empire Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    Consistently smart and delicate as a spider web, Bridge to Terabithia is the kind of children’s movie rarely seen nowadays. And at a time when many public schools are being forced to cut music and art from the curriculum, the story’s insistence on the healing power of a nurtured imagination is both welcome and essential.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    When the special effects aren’t getting in the way, the kids’ imaginary scenes have a hazy, shimmering quality, as if the potential of a long afternoon with no homework could be measured in waves.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Elaborately mounted, expensively produced and filmed with style and empathy, it's an adaptation of Paterson's Newbery Medal-winning book that manages to expand the original vision, yet preserve much of its intense emotion.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    [Csupo's] take on Bridge to Terabithia doesn't pander or misrepresent, but instead illustrates the power of open-mindedness in both its forms: creativity and acceptance.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Csupo needed two very gifted leads to do this beloved story justice, and found them in AnnaSophia Robb and Josh Hutcherson.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Has buckets of gentle sincerity. Since there aren't any dumb jokes or hip visuals, it's easy to get caught up in the simple messages: Be good to your sister, don't be a bully, use your imagination in a pinch.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Bridge to Terabithia the movie, like the book, is buckets-of-tears sad. Director Csupo and company manage to get that - the simple power of a story about kindred souls, about loss, about the limitless possibilities of a lively mind - just right.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Bridge to Terabithia is a good movie, but it could become truly great with a director's cut that leaves the fantastic elements a little more vague.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    Parents should be warned that the novel ventures into some emotionally dark territory that could be upsetting to very young or sensitive children, and might want to consider reading and discussing the book together before seeing the film.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    It's like an After-School Special version of "Pan's Labyrinth ," and I actually mean that as a compliment.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Jennie Punter

    Both a cathartic and a creative family entertainment.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Paula Nechak

    The two young actors -- Hutcherson and Robb -- are terrific and unpretentious.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Chris Kaltenbach

    There's a persistent innocence to this movie that will work wonders on all but the most churlish.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    The fantasy-adventure incorporates the novel's magical and emotional elements without overplaying either -- a balance that hasn't always proven easy to maintain in the world of kid-lit adaptation.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Some literal-minded attempts at magical realism are redeemed by the film's emotional texture, winning chemistry between the tyke leads and scrupulous adherence to a childlike point of view.

    Variety Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    This family feature from the Christian production company Walden Media is something of a disappointment after its excellent "Holes" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    For a movie about the power of imagination, Bridge to Terabithia is not as clever as you would hope.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Gregory Kirschling

    The movie -- which never decides if it's a fantasy or coming-of-age story -- spends a lot of time away from Terabithia; that also leaches out the wonder. The boy seems more excited that Zooey Deschanel is his hottie music teacher than he is to see tree men in the forest.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Though the first-time director, Gabor Csupo, has achieved distinction as an animation artist, he lacks experience directing actors. The best adult performance in the film is that of Zooey Deschanel; she comes off -- again, agreeably -- as self-directed.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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