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Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Reviews

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City

March 15, 2002
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

August 28, 2005
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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).

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: B

April 20, 2003
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

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

| Original Score: 3/5

August 2, 2002
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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 Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Boasts a hero who has a mystical rapport with animals.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

August 26, 2002
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

| Original Score: 3/5

December 18, 2002
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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A chaste teen-age love story with an ecological sensibility and some terrific scenery.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 20, 2003
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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Everything epic that Legends of the Fall strains so hard to achieve, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book accomplishes niftily.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

December 23, 1994
Boyd van Hoeij
bibloi.com

| Original Score: 4/5

January 20, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 3/5

October 10, 2005
Brian Lowry
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 18, 2008
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

| Original Score: 3/5

December 14, 2003
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

| Original Score: 3/5

March 31, 2003
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

| Original Score: 5/5

August 7, 2005
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews

The technical aspects of the film are impressive. The cinematography is lovely.

Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
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