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



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

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C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of 'hide-and-seek' in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis' icy spell forever.more
Rating: PG (for battle sequences and frightening moments)
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ann Peacock, Andrew Adamson, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Christopher Marcus
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 4, 2006
Box Office: $291.7M
Buena Vista - Official Site


Georgie Henley
as Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes
as Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley
as Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell
as Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton
as Jadis, the White Wi...
James McAvoy
as Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent
as Professor Kirke
Kiran Shah
as Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo
as Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh
as Mrs. Pevensie
Elizabeth Hawthorne
as Mrs. MacReady
Shane Rangi
as General Otmin
Mark Wells
as Edmund (Older)
Noah Huntley
as Peter (Older)
Rachael Henley
as Lucy (Older)
Sophie Winkleman
as Susan (Older)
Shelley Edwards
as Distraught Mother
Terry Murdoch
as German Pilot
Alina Phelan
as Centaur Archer
Nikhom Nusungnern
as Red & Black Dwarf
M. Ramaswami
as Red & Black Dwarf
Prapraphorn Chansato...
as Red & Black Dwarf
Bhoja Khannada
as Red & Black Dwarf
Doungdieo Sarangvong
as Red & Black Dwarf
Zakiuddin Mohd Faroo...
as Red & Black Dwarf
Ajay Ratilal Navi
as Red & Black Dwarf
Brandon Cook
as Boy on Train
Lee Tuson
as Rumblebuffin the Gia...
Cassie Cook
as Girl on Train
Morris Lupton
as Train Conductor
Shelley Edwards-Bish...
as Distraught Mother
Susan Haldane
as Distraught Mother
Margaret Bremner
as Distraught Mother
Jaxin Hall
as Soldier
Bhoja Kannada
as Red & Black Dwarf
Katrina Browne
as Green Dryad
Prapraphorn Chansant...
as Red & Black Dwarf
Douglas Gresham
as Radio Announcer
Ray Winstone
as Mr. Beaver
Dawn French
as Mrs. Beaver
Doungdieo Savangvong
as Red & Black Dwarf
Philip Steuer
as Philip the Horse
Jim May
as Vardan
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Critic Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

All Critics (210) | Top Critics (44)

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

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


The first-rate special effects and nice adapted script contribute to create this fine, delightful - yet also notably harmless - adventure for the whole family despite the fact that most of the young actors lack in charisma and the plot is longer and more predictable than it seems.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer

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.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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