Bridge to Terabithia (PG)

Action/Adventure 95 February 16, 2007
By Jessica Grose
Don't be fooled by the CGI-laden, Narnia-lite trailers for Bridge to Terabithia: Far from a computer-generated escapist fantasy, this film is an unpretentious and touching tale of preteen companionship and loss. Terabithia is the story of fifth-grade loner Jess Aarons (Josh Hutcherson), whose sensitive, artistic temperament isolates him from the towheaded bullies at school and his hardheaded father at home. Liberation from solitude comes in the form of sprightly Leslie (AnnaSophia Robb), whose flair for fiction and exaggerated anime cuteness brings Jess out of his shell. The pair form a bond based on a made-up world called Terabithia, located in the woods behind their homes. Director Gabor Csupo (of Rugrats "fame") brings out nuanced performances from Hutcherson and Robb, whose characters steer clear of cutesy tween stereotypes. But it's Jess' relationship with his father, played by Robert Patrick, that elevates Terabithia from a good kids movie to a classic contender.
Gabor Csupo Josh Hutcherson, AnnaSophia Robb, Zooey Deschanel, Lauren Clinton, Bailee Madison, Robert Patrick David Paterson, Katherine Paterson, Jeff Stockwell Philip Anschutz, Lauren Levine, Hal Lieberman, David Paterson Buena Vista

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