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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian (2008)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 188
Fresh: 126
Rotten: 62

Critics Consensus: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an entertaining family adventure worthy of the standard set by its predecessor.

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 44
Fresh: 26
Rotten: 18

Critics Consensus: The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is an entertaining family adventure worthy of the standard set by its predecessor.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 551,455

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Movie Info

The adventure continues as producer/director Andrew Adamson teams with screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely to tell the tale of the dashing Prince Caspian (Ben Barnes) -- who sets out to defeat a tyrannical king who has overtaken Narnia and secure his rightful place on the throne. One year has passed since the events of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and now the kings and queens of that land have returned to make a shocking discovery. Though by … More

Rating:
PG (for epic battle action and violence)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Andrew Adamson , Christopher Markus , Stephen McFeely
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Dec 2, 2008
Box Office:
$141.6M
Runtime:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

All Critics (188) | Top Critics (44) | Fresh (126) | Rotten (62) | DVD (15)

Squanders both its first-rate computer graphics and its sturdy international cast.

Full Review… | November 15, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Adamson barrels the action along in an even-handed manner that should keep most of the family happy.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
CNN.com
Top Critic

Adamson adjusts to the darker tone nicely, but the kids, so richly drawn in the first film, often seem to be carried along in the wake of the chugging plot.

Full Review… | May 22, 2008
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Too many fights, not enough magic.

May 19, 2008
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

At every turn, the filmmakers go for clutter and tumult where simplicity would do -- and Adamson, to put it kindly, isn't the fleetest of action directors.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Prince Caspian may be less full of innocent wonder than its predecessor, but it is a smarter, better film. Like its young stars, the Narnia franchise has, for better and worse, grown up.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
The New Republic
Top Critic

I can't comment on whether it does Narnia literature justice, but as a film fan, I can whole-heartedly recommend it as an example of fantasy done right.

Full Review… | October 14, 2012
TheShiznit.co.uk

It's a relatively entertaining romp, but it would be surprising if anyone is counting down the days until the third movie.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

Adamson seems to have decided the great battle at the end of the previous film was its best part and has set out to recapture it but more so, leading to some truly outstanding set pieces, but resulting in a film that is less than the sum of its parts.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011
ComingSoon.net

Some religious punters may find it to be a bastardization of their and Lewis' theological core values, while secularists will find the whole Narnia concept to be nothing more than a shrewd recruiting campaign for Christianity.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Matt's Movie Reviews

Caspian is a visual sleeper hold from frame one; a constipated effort to erect widescreen wonderment, yet the production is missing dimension and needed narrative gusto.

Full Review… | June 2, 2010
BrianOrndorf.com

Darker, more complex and less prone to the cutesy wow-factor, this is a gripping tale with a thoughtful message.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
Shadows on the Wall

The body count is high, the running time is particularly long for a children's film, and the themes are fairly heavy. But, like Wardrobe, it's a lush and mostly entertaining production.

Full Review… | September 4, 2009
Times-Picayune

Most of C.S. Lewis's peculiar magic is lost.

Full Review… | April 23, 2009
Boston Phoenix

Excessively violent but oddly dull...a Crusades allegory for teeny-boppers

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
Orange County and Long Beach Blade

The creakiness of the plot mechanics and the light condescension I detect don't have me looking forward to the third Narnia movie.

Full Review… | February 9, 2009
Window to the Movies

...the opening hour essentially proceeds at a crawl...

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

Andrew Adamson shows a more confident and defined vision that works on several levels, however it's unable to overcome a nagging feel of disconnect.

Full Review… | December 23, 2008

It's unfair to characterize it as Lord of the Rings-Light, but it's difficult to avoid that conclusion after watching this earnest but seriously under-inspired effort.

Full Review… | December 1, 2008
Apollo Guide

It's entertaining, value-for-money stuff.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Guardian

If crossbows, strange creatures, and a squeaky-clean young cast are the right elements for a fantasy sequel, then this naive epic is your movie.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Screen International

As with any would-be summer blockbuster, the members of the special effects team are the real stars, and they haven't stinted in bringing this fantasy world to life.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

Adamson's pulled a more morally nuanced rabbit (or badger, actually) out of his directorial hat this time out, and the result is a far more engrossing film than its predecessor.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Austin Chronicle

It's characters like these that make the film worth seeing, but if the Narnia series continues to get worse with each installment, Disney would be better off just finishing the trilogy and calling it quits.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Bullz-Eye.com

Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

A bit slow going at the start but a darker, Narnia with a solid action packed middle and end that my daughter and I enjoyed. Now they have to somehow pull off the next books which in my opinion were not so good.

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jmanard52
John Manard

Super Reviewer

The second installment of C.S. Lewis' famed fantasy novels is a visual advancement from the first of the series. Though it may not obtain the same magic and charm that upheld the the previous film, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is still an entertaining and enthralling family film to see. 4/5

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Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

An improvement to the last film but then The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe has been done to death and it's nice to see the next chapter brought to life. It's better than I expected but it still lacks the excitement I experienced when reading the book in my youth. I did like the effects though, the Ice Queen scene in particular.

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SirPant
Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

The movie is great to look at, but it is so far from the quality of the first film that it cannot help but feel like a straight to DVD follow up or a TV special. The film is chalk full of uncomfortable acting and unnecessary deviations from the text, such as a cringeworthy hinted romance between Caspian and Susan. Unlike the first film, Caspian brings no raw emotion to the stage, and is simply lifeless.

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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Quotes


Edmund Pevensie:
Do you think thre's anyway we can get back? I've left my new torch in Narnia!
– Submitted by Emma E (23 months ago)
Aslan:
Things never happen the same way twice, dear one.
– Submitted by Rafael A (2 years ago)
Lord Sopespian:
Crush them all...
– Submitted by Typhon Q (2 years ago)
Peter Pevensie:
What do you think happens back home if you die here?
– Submitted by Sheriea J (2 years ago)
Prince Caspian:
High King Peter?..
Peter Pevensie:
I believe you called.
Prince Caspian:
Oh yes... But.. I thought you will be older.
Peter Pevensie:
Well if you like, we can come back in a few years.
– Submitted by Krystoffer Dave L (2 years ago)
Trumpkin the Dwarf:
Oh.. you've got to be kidding me! You're it? You're the Kings and Queens of old.
Peter Pevensie:
High King Peter, the Magnificent.
Susan Pevensie:
You could probably left the last bit.
Trumpkin the Dwarf:
[laughs] Probably..
– Submitted by Krystoffer Dave L (2 years ago)

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