It's basically a Steven Spielberg wannabe. It doesn't even come close to "E.T.", or "Jurassic Park," or even "Hook". It also steals from "The Goonies" and "Harry Potter." "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is a weak mixture of elements from better movies. Its characters are underdeveloped, the acting is bad, and the film relies too heavily on bad CGI special effects. Do yourself a favor and skip this tripe.