The Spiderwick Chronicles

Game review by Jinny Gudmundsen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Movie tie-in game with more violence than magic.

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 4 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 5+
My siblings and I loved playing this game growing up. None of us ever had a problem with being scared by it, but it depends on the kid. It is a fun franchise, and has lots to offer, with many books, a movie, a wii game AND a DS game, and possibly more that I don’t know about. It’s creative and enjoyable for the whole family.
age 8+

Fun but not for small kids

My seven year old has just watched this and says: It's pretty scary. But I think kids at least 8 could watch it, but kids 1-6 aren't ready. The goblins and Mulgarath are pretty scary. When Mulgarath chases one of the kids to the attic it's pretty scary because it's dark and creepy and he says very mean things in a scary voice [threatens the child to force him to give him the book]. The good things are that it's pretty funny when they go to the city. I also like that some of the good guys are ugly looking [NB some fantasy films shows ugly monsters as bad and good looking/cute creatures as nice - e.g. orcs and elves in the hobbit].

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