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.

Movie Info

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 … 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
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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

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

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

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