Zathura | Full Movie

Zathura
  • PG
  • 1h 41m
  • 2005
Certified Fresh75%
Common Sense Media Iconage 11+
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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. On their fantastic journey, they are joined by a stranded astronaut and must survive meteor showers, hostile lizard-like aliens, a rocket-propelled robot run amok and an intergalactic spaceship battle. Unless they finish the game and reach the planet Zathura, they could be trapped in outer space forever.
© 2005 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

TOMATOMETER®
Certified Fresh75%
Critics Consensus: Dazzling special effects for the kids + well-crafted storytelling for the 'rents = cinematic satisfaction for the whole family.
Reviews
Time Out
David Jenkins
Fresh

Favreau gratifyingly prevents the film from becoming a mere maelstrom of CG effects by pushing the...

June 21, 2017
AV Club
Scott Tobias
Rotten

The only way to win is just to keep playing until it's over, and the only way to leave the theater...

January 29, 2019
Ebert & Roeper
Richard Roeper
Fresh

A smart and funny kids' movie that will also keep parents entertained.

January 29, 2019
New York Daily News
Elizabeth Weitzman
Fresh

Zathura, Jon Favreau's adaptation of Chris Van Allsburg's kid-lit adventure of the same name, more...

January 29, 2019
Washington Post
Desson Thomson
Fresh

Zathura salutes the low-tech magic that lurks inside a board game -- that hidden ability to bring...

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Sci-fi adventure has salty language, peril, violence.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Zathura; A Space Adventure is a 2005 movie in which an old board game found in the basement of a newly occupied house leads to fierce space battles and extreme peril from lizard-like aliens with a taste for human flesh. The movie begins with typical tensions, resentments, and competitions between two brothers, age 6 and 10. Their father is divorced, and their teenaged sister is distracted by her interest in boys and parties. The film includes scary music, scary sound effects (crashes, explosions, alien-monster growls), and some images of space aliens and a big robot attacking the boys that might be frightening for younger viewers. Boys use some obnoxious language ("d--k," "screwed") and violence against the aliens to save themselves. The teen girl develops a crush on an older astronaut; when he's revealed to be her brother from the future, her first response is, "And I wanted to ... ." The movie does attempt to address sibling rivalries, the self-esteem issues that can develop, and the importance of two brothers learning to look out for each other.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Sci-Fi, Kids, Family, Adventure
  • Release Date:November 10, 2005
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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