The Spiderwick Chronicles

Movie review by Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Book-based family fantasy is magical fun but also scary.

PG 2008 97 minutes

Parents say

age 11+

Based on 61 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 67 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Very Scary

My kids kept asking to stop this movie and change to another. We prefer movies with a Christian message.
age 18+

Terrifying

This movie was terrifying for my 8 year old daughter. There were far and few magical beautiful moments. My daughter was crying through the movie and afraid of the dark after the movie. I do not recommend.

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Too much violence

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