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action & adventure, children & family, sci-fi & fantasy

In Columbia Pictures' heart-racing sci-fi adventure Zathura, two squabbling brothers are propelled into deepest, darkest space while playing a mysterious game they discovered in the basement of their old house.

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Fresh: After watching the kids play Zathura in Zathura -- a crackling family adventure in which sibling rivalries play out against a backdrop of Robbie-like robot assaults and devouring gila monsters -- all I can say is, let me at it.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, November 11, 2005

Fresh: Favreau draws the audience in by keeping it simple.

- Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, Thursday, November 10, 2005


- Dave White,, Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

"A New Adventure From the World of Jumanji" Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is magically hurtled through space because of the board game they are playing. REVIEW What makes Zathura so great, beyond the incredible visual designs, tense challenges, and a great director, is the fact that it was adapted from a Chris Van Allburg book. The Polar Express was a visionary adventure, and Jumanji, family fun. Zathura doesn't get to be as thrilling and masterful as the animated film by Robert Zemeckis, but innovates ingredients from Jumanji, while at the same time creating new ones. It is a movie of great adventure, infinite inventiveness, and a screenplay that will please anyone in the whole family. Jon Favreau has an unlimited supply of audacity and he applies every bit of that to Zathura. Then there's the cast, which features impressive acting from young actors Josh Hutcherson and Jonah Bobo.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Tuesday, February 10, 2009

2 stars

We've seen this before - 'should have been called Jumanji II

- flixsterman, Monday, January 5, 2009

3 stars

It's a great family movie, but somehow I think Jumanj is way much better.

- citawijaya, Friday, December 26, 2008