Charlotte's Web Reviews

  • It's a movie that might just inspire E.B. White, up in literary heaven, to wipe away a tear of gratitude.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • Gary Winick's film may not be perfect, but it honors its source and captures the key elements that have made E. B. White's book a classic.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's hard to go wrong with a cute liddle piggy.

    Andrew Pulver — Guardian [UK]

  • A whimsical and warmly appealing adaptation of the children's classic.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Remember the peaceful atmosphere of bedtime storytelling? The kind that allows parent and child to take satisfaction in the story, not the teller? That's how Charlotte draws you into its web.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • Woe be to the child who doesn't mist up at this movie, since it's been made if not with zip, wit, or imagination, then at least with sweetness. But I hope no one will think the film is an adequate replacement for White's book. That would be a crime.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Breathe easy: Gary Winick's new, live-action Charlotte's Web pic does not screw up one of the seminal works of American children's literature.

    Jessica Grose — Village Voice

  • Like its porcine protagonist, E.B. White's classic 1952 story Charlotte's Web manages to be both radiant and humble. If only the same could be said for Gary Winick's live-action adaptation, which is neither.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • Charlotte's Web adapts a classic, which is not to say it is one.

    Bruce Westbrook — Houston Chronicle

  • Children of all ages, even those not old enough to read, can enjoy the journey.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Some will bristle at liberties taken. Cows do indeed break wind. Yet the movie's use of flatulence is less a nod to rural truths than a reliance on what has become a go-to gag in movie's made for the booster-seat set.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Director Gary Winick keeps the film's modesty of scale and generosity of spirit in mind throughout. The story has a pull like few others, and Sam Shepard's narration keeps everything easy and unpretentious, in sync with White's prose.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • [The film] relies heavily on the voices, though the actors are sometimes miscast (Julia Roberts as the spider) or chosen more for their on-screen personas than their pipes (Steve Buscemi as the rat).

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • The movie may not be perfect, but it beautifully distills White's simple message. We are all born to die. But we are also born to befriend.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • This is one case where the special effects do what they are supposed to do: enhance the movie instead of taking it over.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • How could Charlotte's Web go wrong? It doesn't. It's a perfectly respectful, take-the-kids, down-home but enchanting-enough adaptation of the story of a pig who learns about life from a spider. Take the kids, especially the young, unsullied ones.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • There's too much talent and too strong a story to mess it up. There was potential for more here, but this incarnation is nothing to be ashamed of, and some of the actors answer the bell.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • This highly polished picture is superficially faithful, even reverential to its source, but evinces neither imagination nor a personality of its own.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • Charlotte's Web, with its insistently 'magical' theme music, an overbearing climax and a trough full of bad jokes, is merely adequate.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • "Some pig?" Sure. Some spider. And some book. Some movie, too.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

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