Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Reviews

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Top Critic
Brian Lowry
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
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.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Scott Lee is an unexpectedly appealing hero, partly because he's never indulged, and his dialogue is kept to a minimum.
Boyd van Hoeij
bibloi.com
January 20, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Fred Topel
About.com
July 14, 2003
Excellent live-action adaptation. Thrilling adventure with classic heroes and villains.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A chaste teen-age love story with an ecological sensibility and some terrific scenery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Filmcritic.com
April 20, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 20, 2003
| Original Score: B
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
March 31, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
October 16, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 10, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Boasts a hero who has a mystical rapport with animals.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
A serviceable adaptation, but nowhere near as whimsical as the animated version.
| Original Score: 3/5
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
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.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Beautifully photographed and tightly paced with a spate of solid performances, this latest Kipling-inspired motion picture is an enjoyable and exuberant film-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
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).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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