The Spiderwick Chronicles

The Spiderwick Chronicles

Mark Waters (1) (2008)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Goblins, trolls and griffins populate this adaptation of the bestselling book series that plays like a horror movie for kids. Young British actor Freddie Highmore takes dual roles as twin brothers Jared and Simon, who move into a creepy old mansion in New England with their sister (Sarah Bolger) and recently separated mother (Mary-Louise Parker), where they discover an ancient "field guide" that reveals a hidden world of fairies and monsters. The terrific CGI creatures are so free of cuteness that even the good characters - such as honey-eating sprite Thimbletack (voiced by Martin Short) and bird-munching hobgoblin Hogsqueal (voiced by Seth Rogen) - may give younger viewers nightmares. But children who enjoy being scared will find the film's chases, magical spells and battles utterly gripping.


Life for identical twins Jared and Simon and their sister Mallory begins afresh when their mother inherits a spooky mansion. But after moving in, strange things begin to happen, and as the youngsters investigate, they discover a book that opens up a mysterious world of amazing supernatural creatures. Fantasy adventure, starring Freddie Highmore in a dual role alongside Sarah Bolger and Nick Nolte.

Cast & Crew

Jared Grace / Simon Grace Freddie Highmore
Mallory Grace Sarah Bolger
Helen Grace Mary-Louise Parker
Hogsqueal Seth Rogen
Arthur Spiderwick David Strathairn
Richard Grace Andrew McCarthy
Mulgarath Nick Nolte
Thimbletack Martin Short
Aunt Lucinda Joan Plowright
Director Mark Waters (1)
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: ParamountGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 21 Mar 2008
Drama Children's