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FILM DETAILS
Certificate PG
Cast
Sarah Bolger
Freddie Highmore
Mary-Louise Parker
David Strathairn
Directors
Mark Waters
Screenwriters
David Berenbaum
Karey Kirkpatrick
John Sayles
Running Time
96 minutes

The Spiderwick Chronicles
A kid’s fantasy that’s actually rather good - now that’s magic!


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The Spiderwick Chronicles

Plot
After his family move into a long-disappeared relative’s country house, young Jared Grace (Highmore) discovers a field guide to fantastical creatures. Opening the book, however, alerts its presence to a very real, very nasty ogre who wants it for himself.


Verdict
A late entry in a crowded field, Spiderwick works hard to set itself apart from the competition, and almost entirely succeeds - no mean feat these days.


Reviewed by Sam Toy

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