'Bridge to Terabithia' trade reviews - The Hollywood Reporter 2/12/07
'Bridge to Terabithia'
By Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter
Feb 12, 2007
Bottom Line: A tenderly executed adventure-fantasy.
Director Gabor Csupo maintains a firm but never
heavy-handed grip on the film's darker developments.
full review at http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?JSESSIONID=FRyxX0xGytp0ZCN314G XwysTQQpXQDZNdyHyBtll11h7m10fGjnV!=8800
Author Katherine Paterson's Newbery Award-winning "Bridge to Terabithia," about a pair of outsider school kids who create a vivid fantasy world to deal with the frustrations in their young lives, has made that tricky passage to the big screen faithfully intact.
A gently contained live-action feature debut by Gabor Csupo, co-founder of the busy animation studio Klasy-Csupo, the fantasy-adventure incorporates the novel's magical and emotional elements without overplaying either -- a balance that hasn't always proven easy to maintain in the world of kid-lit adaptation.
While Disney's advertising seems to be aimed at those hankering for another "Chronicles of Narnia" (minus the lion, witch, wardrobe and production budget), this Walden Media co-presentation functions more as something of a tween "Pan's Labyrinth," and, as such, could translate into solid, midrange business.
Re: 'Bridge to Terabithia' trade reviews - The Hollywood Reporter 2/12/07
New U.S. Release
Bridge to Terabithia
By Justin Chang
February 12, 2007
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'Bridge to Terabithia'
<!-- end photos --><!-- /noindex -->A Buena Vista release of a Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media presentation of a Hal Lieberman Co. and Lauren Levine production. Produced by Lieberman, Levine, David Paterson. Executive producer, Alex Schwartz. Co-producers, Kevin Halloran, Tim Coddington, Meyer Shwarzstein. Directed by Gabor Csupo. Screenplay, Jeff Stockwell, David Paterson, based on the book by Katherine Paterson.
Jess Aarons - Josh Hutcherson
Leslie Burke - AnnaSophia Robb
Jack Aarons - Robert Patrick
Ms. Edmonds - Zooey Deschanel
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The imaginary world dreamed up by two youngsters in Katherine Paterson's coming-of-age classic has been realized imperfectly, but with intelligence and sensitivity nonetheless, in "Bridge to Terabithia." Some literal-minded attempts at magical realism are redeemed by the film's emotional texture, winning chemistry between the tyke leads and scrupulous adherence to a childlike point of view. A tougher sell than Walden Media's recent kid-lit adaptation, "Charlotte's Web," the superior "Bridge" should play well theatrically but may connect better with audiences on homevid; in either venue, parents and children should have tissues at the ready.
full review at http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117...ryid=1263&cs=1