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Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book (1994)

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100

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 0

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53

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Twenty-seven years after turning one of Rudyard Kipling's best known works into a successful animated musical, Disney returned to the same source material for this live-action adventure, which hews slightly closer to the original source material. Mowgli (Sean Naeleli) is the five-year-old son of a wilderness guide who accompanies his father on a hunting expedition in the jungles of their native India. Mowgli becomes close friends with a British girl named Kitty (Joanna Wolff), whose parents

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Kids & Family

Jan 15, 2002

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A full-throttled, technically superb adventure - with more bite than most Disney live-action fare - that offers some winning moments but, ultimately, isn't as involving as it needs to be.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Kipling purists may not cotton to Disney's new live-action version of The Jungle Book, but it's hard to think of anyone else who won't be enchanted.

March 31, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Scott Lee is an unexpectedly appealing hero, partly because he's never indulged, and his dialogue is kept to a minimum.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A chaste teen-age love story with an ecological sensibility and some terrific scenery.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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The narrative shifts from romance to adventure the way Cheetah used to hop from foot to foot, but Sommers nevertheless delivers a bully family picture.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The special effects are convincing, the performances are forthright, and the direction, by Stephen Sommers, recalls his energetic, lighthearted "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Excellent live-action adaptation. Thrilling adventure with classic heroes and villains.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Boasts a hero who has a mystical rapport with animals.

August 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A serviceable adaptation, but nowhere near as whimsical as the animated version.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

Sommers would have done better if he had spent more time on character development (including some of the animal characters) and less on turning Mowgli into Indiana Jones. In some ways, this is as cartoony as the '67 version.

March 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Putting Kipling's name over the title is gross mis-representation. The pity is that such care was taken with the visual aspects of a film so betrayed by the scripting.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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The technical aspects of the film are impressive. The cinematography is lovely.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Through skillful training and handling, the use of dozens of animals and, no doubt, prodigious editing, these creatures really do commune with the audience.

December 23, 1994 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

A great Remake but not as much great as the Original one.
December 29, 2009
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Wahida K

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It was actually a very fun adaption of the classic and quite memorable. It has a lot of beautiful looking sets and a lot of great sequences to match it. The acting was good and Stephen Sommers' style was a great addition to the film.
November 22, 2009
ythelastman89

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An okay adaption of a Disney classic. It's sometimes thrilling, other times dull, but the acting for the most part is good. Cary Elwes is especially memorable as the snarling villain.
October 25, 2009
Dan Schultz

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Not bad, no songs in it though! ;o)
September 29, 2009
SirPant

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    1. Kitty Brydon: You are not an animal, you are a man!
    2. Mowgli: I AM NOT A MAN!
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