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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (2005)


Average Rating: 6.9/10
Reviews Counted: 209
Fresh: 159
Rotten: 50

Critics Consensus: With first-rate special effects and compelling storytelling, this adaptation stays faithful to its source material and will please moviegoers of all ages.

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 34
Rotten: 10

Critics Consensus: With first-rate special effects and compelling storytelling, this adaptation stays faithful to its source material and will please moviegoers of all ages.


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 34,098,911


Movie Info

Four siblings -- Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy (Georgie Henley), Peter (William Moseley), and Susan (Anna Popplewell) -- are sent from their London home to the country estate of an eccentric professor in order to ensure their safety during World War II. The house is very dull, except for a large, ornate wardrobe discovered by young Lucy during a game of hide-and-seek. Venturing inside of it in the hopes of finding a hiding place, Lucy is transported to a snowy alternate universe: a magical world … More

PG (for battle sequences and frightening moments)
Science Fiction & Fantasy , Kids & Family
Directed By:
Written By:
Ann Peacock , Christopher Markus , Stephen McFeely
In Theaters:
Apr 4, 2006
Box Office:
Buena Vista - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (159) | Rotten (50) | DVD (41)

This PG-rated movie feels safe and constricted in a way the story never does on the page. It leaves out the deep magic of a good movie, or a good sermon: the feeling that something vital is at stake.

January 6, 2006
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

Long may it roar.

Full Review… | December 17, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's no fire, no passion and not much fun.

Full Review… | December 16, 2005
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

An entertaining, emotional, and surprisingly intimate movie.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
Top Critic

For sheer entertainment value, and the painless imparting of values about family, loyalty and bravery, this lion in winter roars loudly.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

It's a work of profound ambition, and, in adapting it for the screen, the makers of The Chronicles of Narnia don't shy away from its demands.

Full Review… | December 9, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Neither as complex or grand as LOTR nor as accessible as Potter; still, if you can overlook the arch moralising, this is fine kids escapism.

Full Review… | November 7, 2012
Empire Magazine Australasia

Because it is a children's story about children it is occasionally a bit precious, but only occasionally. For the most part it is an extremely well-designed piece of fantasy that doesn't try to overwhelm the audience.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

Timeless classic faithfully rendered.

Full Review… | December 17, 2010
Common Sense Media

So digitalized that the images start to suggest chintzy old superimpositions

Full Review… | September 1, 2009

Once I ignored the religious aspects, it was a very good film...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

The story never quite lives up to the grandeur of the visuals, and the narrative tends to drag, especially in the first half.

Full Review… | July 8, 2008

It is marked by a peculiarly English celebration of the Church Militant. That noted, it's also a ripping yarn.

May 17, 2008

A slow, cold first half is followed by a lively, sunny second half.

Full Review… | May 13, 2008

The bigger the scope gets, the less we really care.

Full Review… | March 26, 2008
Zertinet Movies

The good news is Director Andrew Adamson and gang have done an impressive job of adapting Lewis' admittedly simple and somewhat thin tale into a big scale motion picture, delivering impressive production values and few solid action sequences.

Full Review… | January 15, 2008
Dark Horizons

Certainly a feast for the eyes; once the story moves to Narnia, the film is never dull to look at.

Full Review… | July 14, 2007
Big Picture Big Sound

The Chronicles of Narnia joins the ranks of other fantasy classics ... in creating an amazingly believable fantasy world.

Full Review… | July 10, 2007
DVD Review

With its crisply told narrative, excellent production values and great ensemble cast [it] is one of the best big-budget spectacles Hollywood has released this year.

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

This is a worthy opening salvo, a film that succeeds through the sheer weight of our expectations, and that won't disappoint younger audiences.

Full Review… | February 10, 2007
Daily Telegraph

It's an enjoyable adaptation and good enough for us to welcome this new franchise.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
Empire Magazine

It is spendthrift in budget yet cautious in style, steadfast in holding to Lewis's imagination yet timorous about using any of its own.

Full Review… | November 11, 2006
The Nation

My guess is that [it] will appeal to all of us in need of a jab of earnest, old-fashioned moralism to save the day

Full Review… | August 20, 2006
Cinema Writer

Aslan = Jesus. Now you don't have to buy a ticket.

Full Review… | July 27, 2006 engaging and visually-stimulating adaptation of the first book of Lewis' immortal seven-part Narnia series.

Full Review… | June 29, 2006


Full Review… | May 28, 2006
3BlackChicks Review

Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

While not following the book word for word. It does follow core scenes and characters from the novel. The actors in the film all do a great job, the effects are great, being a great mix of practical and CG, the action is very good, and the pacing is very good.

michael e.
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


Powerful, epic, and suitably touching, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe deftly balances Christian themes with humor, family issues, and intense, well-executed action sequences. Overall, a must-see, well-done fantasy film that can be watched over and over.


With an appeal to both adults and children, the British author C. S. Lewis wrote seven books in his Chronicles of Narnia series. The stories are rich in mythology and religious symbolism, drawing upon archetypes from the Norse, Greco-Roman, Persian, medieval chivalric, and Judeo-Christian traditions.

Now comes this wonderful film of the first chronicle, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." The beautiful cinematography and the terrific performances of the children make this film outstanding for family viewing. As integrated with the live actors, the colorful animal characters, especially the Lion (Jesus), reveal brilliant technical film-making as well.

Lewis's books are not overtly allegorical. Rather, the symbols and the messages are subtle. The four children in the story (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) were inspired by the actual children evacuated from London during World War II, who spent time in Lewis's home. Lewis wanted his books to be enjoyed by young people who would later in their lives draw the spiritual meanings from the stories. In this area, the film is enormously faithful to the original book and would have made the author extremely proud. 4 Stars 12-29-06 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


Visually stunning and thoroughly well-played acting and plot. The first film of the Narnia saga was something more than expected. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe Quotes

Peter Pevensie:
Don't worry Lu, we'll be home soon.
Edmund Pevensie:
If home's still there.
– Submitted by Criselle M (19 months ago)
Jadis the White Witch:
You know, Aslan, I'm a little disappointed in you. Did you honestly think by all this that you could save the human traitor? You are giving me your life and saving no one. So much for love. Tonight, the Deep Magic will be appeased, but tomorrow, we will take Narnia forever! In that knowledge, despair... and die!
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Jadis the White Witch:
Your brother, is he unintelligent?
Edmund Pevensie:
Well, I think so.
– Submitted by Isabella M (2 years ago)
Peter Pevensie:
For Narnia, and for Aslan!
– Submitted by ethan t (2 years ago)
Edmund Pevensie:
Whoa, Horsey.
Philip the Horse:
My name is Philip.
– Submitted by Isabella M (2 years ago)
Mrs. Beaver:
It's the world, dear. Did you expect it to be small?
Susan Pevensie:
– Submitted by Isabella M (2 years ago)

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