Bridge to Terabithia – Nostalgia Critic

Stop killing people, Disney! The Nostalgia Critic takes on Bridge to Terabithia.

About Doug Walker

Creator of 5 Second Movies, Nostalgia Critic, Bum Reviews and more.


  1. The Mormon church actually does discourage women from wearing pants to church meetings. No matter the weather, it is an unspoken rule that the only dress appropriate for church is exactly that, a dress. You CAN wear pants but you will get some looks for it.

  2. Can I just say, that girl’s eyes are ENORMOUS. O_o She’s like an anime character or something.

  3. Dear Nostalgia Critic:
    I have watched and rewatched the movie in an attempt to see things from your point of view. Also, the previous poster’s comment is very offensive and lacks understanding of basic American religion. It’s not just the Mormon church that discourages women from wearing pants. There are a large number of Pentacostal faiths that also do it. Jess is not a Mormon, I can tell that from the church scene. He is southern Pentacostal or maybe Baptist. Mormons do not emphasize the crucifixion or hell. I’m not a Mormon, by the way, I just do my homework. In other words, I’m not an assprick liberal.
    The “whimsy” scenes you delight in making fun of are not intended to paint all of childhood or adolescence as “magical”. You will notice that Jess doesn’t see that stuff until he meets Leslie. It’s his crush on the GIRL that makes his experiences with her magical. Go back and rewatch it. He never has those moments with his family or outside of his relationship with Leslie. I’m 40. I know you are younger than me. If you have completely forgotten what it feels like to have a crush on your first girl, dude, I pity you. I’m not married, never have been, but I remember it like yesterday.
    You made a comment that, “It’s good to see that the characters weren’t romantically involved.” I checked and double checked the book and the film notes and it is very clear that Jess and Leslie are 10 going on 11. That’s younger by a year than Lyra in “The Golden Compass.” Maybe you were misled by AnnaSophia Robb’s teen appearance, but this IS a romantic relationship from the point of a 10 year old. What, did you expect them to mug out in the woods? The girl they make fun of is 3 years older than them, and they use the romance angle to get the best of her.
    I love your material, and I hope you’re around another ten years. Hell, I hope you replace Ebert and Roper as the major movie critic for this nation. But Jesus, could you be less cynical when referencing a book meant for 4th and 5th graders? Indeed, this is where I first heard it. My 4th grade teacher read it to us during after lunch siesta.
    This is a sweet book and a sweet movie about love and loss from the point of view of an 11 year old.

    • Look, I’m sure that you and that book had some lovely memories, but for the love of all that is sacred, this is just an internet review. If you don’t like it, fine, don’t watch it. Also, I’m sure some kids really do come down with a case of the whimsy whenever they have their first crush, but just because the boy stared at the girl every time she had a “profound” moment doesn’t mean it’s a romantic relationship, even if they’re 4, for all I care. There was no indication of a relationship that was anything other than a platonic thing of innocence.
      Finally, just because someone doesn’t know everything about every protestant sect doesn’t mean that they lack a basic religious understanding. There was no point in mentioning the other sects that forbade women to wear pants, since the one was all the evidence needed to make a point. Perhaps the fact that you got your panties in a knot and accused the commenter of being an “assprick liberal” is why you’re single at the age of 40. So please do excuse the rest of us for not obsessively researching every traditionalist religious sect even though these sects likely make up the minority of protestant sects in a world full of different beliefs. But I digress, as replying to you was honestly a waste of my time.

  4. I wasn’t going to talk about this, but wow, it actually came up.

    Real Mormon here. No, it’s not a Mormon church portrayed in the movie, but yes, it’s generally encouraged that a female should wear a dress to church, no matter the weather. (I live in Iowa, so my supply of heavy skirts and leggings underneath of them is adequate.) If you are a non-member or a new member and you show up to church in pants, people generally understand that you’re new and you might not have the wardrobe for church clothes yet. You might get some weird looks but anyone who’s rude about it is, quite frankly, an asshat. (I’ve even encountered a few people that have been members for years but still wear pants, albeit dressy ones.) The men are encouraged to wear nice shirts and ties and nice pants. It’s about respecting the Lord by respecting the occasion as an important one, so you dress up. (And it doesn’t have to be a fancy dress either. Denim dresses are common, and I regularly wear hoodies over a polo shirt with my skirt and leggings.) But it’s far more important that you go to church at all, and be accepted for doing so, no matter what you’re wearing.

  5. Sugary mawkish puerile trash.

  6. Nope. I liked this movie. Punch in the nuts for you.

  7. I actually really liked this movie, granted i was much younger but still, it really hit me when she died 🙁 And imho the soundtrack to this movie is amazing, the pop song included 😀 i think its more about the text than the melody, that is supposed to resemble the enchanting moments 😀

  8. Just for the record, Doug, Princesses don’t lose their title when their brother takes the crown. A King’s sister is still a princess.

  9. i want the bridge to potland.

  10. Could you make an hour-long version of your whimsical moments?

  11. I would love to see a Nostalgia Critic comparison of ‘Red Green Show’ and ‘Home Improvement’ in the kind of style of Old Versus New

  12. Mohammad Hamza Ahmad goes to the home page of

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