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Jumanji (1995)

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33

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 4

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61

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
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Jumanji is a visually elaborate fantasy about an enchanted board game that opens a magical portal to a jungle universe. Two young children, Judy (Kirsten Dunst) and Peter (Bradley Pierce), discover the game in an abandoned home and suddenly are greeted by Alan (Robin Williams), an adult who has spent his life trapped inside the game since playing it at age 12. Alan's only hope for freedom involves finishing the game, but this proves rather dangerous, as Judy, Peter, and Alan find themselves

Jan 25, 2000

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (16) | DVD (20)

A gloomy special-effects extravaganza filled with grotesque images, generating fear and despair.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (3)
Chicago Sun-Times
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Some thrills, but may be too much for little ones.

December 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comments (2)
Common Sense Media

Like the rest of Johnston's oeuvre, Jumanji puts vivid characters through paces that will quicken any child's pulse.

November 23, 2005
Groucho Reviews

This smart, scary film, is still a favorite to dust off and take from the "vhs" bin

April 13, 2005
Blunt Review

All the effects in the world can't disguise the thin plot.

December 8, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Comments (3)
TheMovieReport.com

Great special effects and exciting adventure stuff. A bit of a slow buildup and unnecessarily dead parents.

July 14, 2003
About.com

Unsatisfied with just being cute, this sucker wound up being both fun and clever.

May 5, 2003
Needcoffee.com

A visually impressive and exhilarating adventure that keeps the suspense, thrills and comedy running high through the surprising end and supplies interesting characters with moving plights that keep the audience rooting.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Take away the CGI mayhem and what emerges is a rather touching tale of second chances and innocence prematurely lost.

April 17, 2001 Full Review Source: BBC

Everyone is good here, with Williams taking on the unusual persona of straightman much of the way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Jumanji

Once again, I'm in last person to see territory. In all fairness I don't nostalgia would ever have been on its side, I wasn't into this kind of film back in 1995 and I'm still not. It hasn't aged that well and I'm not sure it was ever that good in the first place.
October 15, 2013
SirPant

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Probably the one movie every kid in the 90's had or wanted to see.
December 14, 2012
paul o.
paul oh

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"Jumanji has always been one of those films that are just a lot of mindless fun to watch. I have watched this movie more times then I would like to admit. But it is one of my favorites from my childhood. But I still love it as much as an adult then I did as a kid. Robin Williams will always be a huge favorite of mine. Bonnie Hunt is funny and I miss her in movies. The movie is great for all ages to enjoy. So if you get a chance, see it with your kids, or see it by yourself. Either way you can't come from this movie not liking it. I'll probably see it at least a dozen more times before the year is over with lol."
August 25, 2012
LWOODS04
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Surprising winner here which hits all the targets really well, its fun, exciting, well acted and looks good. Surprising because I recall this coming out and the trailer looked pretty dumb really, lots of CGI and not much else really, the effects were pretty special back then, I guess that was the hook. But blow me there was actually a really good story in there too.

There's an original fantasy or dream like quality in this that you only found in Disney classics of yester years but its captured so well here, a modern 'Bedknobs n Broomsticks' if you will. All the cast are likeable and the jungle aspect really works well, you never see it, just hinted at which is just right, teasing you but not going overboard.

The backstory and ending of the film are really well done too, could of gone on with more 'plays' from the game as there has obviously been previous adventures, but its open ended and adds mystery to the whole idea.

Quite a modern kids classic really with solid work from the crazy and youthful Williams who adds nice emotion to some scenes, he is a good kids film actor.
May 6, 2012
phubbs1

Super Reviewer

    1. Alan Parrish: Jumanji. A game for those who seek to find a way to leave their world behind. You roll the dice to move your token. Doubles gets another turn. And the first player to reach the end wins.
    – Submitted by Victoria R (3 months ago)
    1. Alan Parrish: In the jungle you must wait...until the dice read five or eight.
    – Submitted by Victoria R (3 months ago)
    1. Gun Salesman: You're not a postal worker are you?
    – Submitted by Kenneth V (5 months ago)
    1. Alan Parrish: Jerks!
    – Submitted by Kenneth V (5 months ago)
    1. Alan Parrish: I've seen things you've only seen in your nightmares. Things you can't even imagine; things you can't even see. There are things that haunt you in the night; then something screams, and you hope to god you will not meet the same fate. Afraid? You don't even know what afraid is.
    – Submitted by Andrew K (12 months ago)
    1. Alan Parrish: Did someone roll a five or an eight?
    – Submitted by Baurushan J (13 months ago)
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