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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Reviews Counted: 159
Fresh: 78 | Rotten: 81

Its leisurely, businesslike pace won't win the franchise many new fans, but Voyage of the Dawn Treader restores some of the Narnia franchise's lost luster with strong performances and impressive special effects.

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Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 18

Its leisurely, businesslike pace won't win the franchise many new fans, but Voyage of the Dawn Treader restores some of the Narnia franchise's lost luster with strong performances and impressive special effects.

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Upon returning to Narnia to join Prince Caspian for a voyage on the majestic royal vessel known as The Dawn Treader, Lucy, Edmund, and their cousin Eustace encounter merfolk, dragons, dwarves, and a wandering band of lost warriors. As the edge of the world draws near, their remarkable adventure at sea sails toward an exciting, yet uncertain, conclusion. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Apr 8, 2011

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Not quite a must-see, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is nonetheless a sturdy outing with many of the charms that have become franchise trademarks.

December 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Could be an optical illusion, but it seems that a flat, dull movie shot in 3-D just looks flatter and duller.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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The visual splendor is still there, in moderate amounts.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comment (1)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is still very much a "Narnia" movie. In other words, it's filled with fantastical creatures, bloodless battles, quasi-mystical undercurrents and an unfortunate helping of hooey.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (2)
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Despite some rejiggering of the book's plot, it's a film that should please Narnia fans and, if it does well, may lead to the return of Eustace in the next installment, The Silver Chair. Here's hoping.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comment (1)
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The 3-D effects are standard, the children and the prince are a bit bland, and Michael Apted's direction veers into listlessness, but there is, at times, a pleasing elegance to the production, too. It doesn't assault you.

December 10, 2010 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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What's been missing from the series since the first film is a strong, memorable adversary.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

...rushes from the screen with ambition and color, excitement and thrill, and a relentless sense of optimism that catapults the story and its visuals to striking heights.

July 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

A good old-fashioned adventure story, this family-friendly film benefits from several outstanding supporting characters.

June 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

The only "Narnia" Chronicle that's a worthy challenger to the far more popular Harry Potter pictures

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

While "Dawn Treader" still had the look, it didn't feel like a Narnia film because of its meandering storyline.

September 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

This is designed to keep the children happy over the Christmas period and fans of CS Lewis will enjoy the fact that it's a pretty faithful adaptation. But those wanting something different from the usual CGI extravaganza would do well to look elsewher

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times | Comments (2)

Lacking a strong central narrative force, there is little sense of what is at stake.

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

the film finishes with a suitable roar.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

The only thing more emblematic of this franchise would have been had the ship sank at the end.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comment (1)
Cinema Sight

... A perfectly bland blockbuster; as flat as a still ocean and pioneering, in the sense that its synthetic vistas and passionless players, somehow plasticise the imagination.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

The series' most entertaining movie so far ... [But] either the screenwriters don't understand Lewis's story, or they're actively subverting ideas he illustrated beautifully.

June 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Looking Closer
Looking Closer

A little uneven, highlighting an unlikable character, but also incredibly enjoyable when the film is focused on the magnificently imaginative Narnian visuals.

May 16, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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The lead kids here have their charms, and while the film is functional it lacks distinction and a passionate sense of drive.

May 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Many families will find this installment the most entertaining, action-filled, and humorous of the three.

April 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The shortest of the Narnia movies (and also the worst)...

April 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (4)
Reel Film Reviews

This is the shortest (just under two hours long) and the fastest-moving of the franchise so far.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

The narrative sometimes gets becalmed and the tale's Christian allegory is blatantly unsubtle, but Apted and cinematographer Dante Spinotti do manage to conjure the odd moment of visual wonder out of the quest.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
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It's not a film that has anything like the thematic weight of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, but what it does offer is a fun and exciting (but not too scary) time at the movies for kids.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

[M]eek fantasy fare that's overbudgeted, underwritten, and while it may have happened this way in the novel, that doesn't mean it is any good, nor that we should give it a free pass...

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

Michael Apted keeps the story moving and finds more humour in the adventure than was offered in the darker Caspian installment.

February 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Once again, this is a pretty good adaptation of a very tricky book to make into a film. I remember this being one of my favourites of the 7 books and I'm glad they did a lot of the The Dawn Treader scenes properly. The special effects are by far the best reason to watch, the not too much but not to little approach really pays off. My only grievance is Will Poulter. I remember when he first turned up on British TV and I thought he was funny and impressive for a young lad his age. I now just find him annoying beyond belief. Anyway, the ending was handled really well and I'm actually a little sad that it looks like this is the end. The other books where never a favourite as a child but it would be nice to see someone have a go at them. A financial risk no doubt. Ah well.
August 12, 2013
SirPant

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The third part of C.S. Lewis children fantasy novels has only half of the Pevensie kids return to the magic kingdom of Narnia as Prince Caspian, known from part two, requires their help in a search for disappeared lords and abducted slaves. The third human involuntarily joining the adventure is cousin Eustace, an over the top and rather annoying character for the first half of the film. The special effects, production design and locations are top notch, the film looks much better than its predecessors in pretty much every regard. The plot is only somewhat interesting but at least sends the characters to colorful and spectacular locations. The entertaining but somewhat clichéd first half of the film surprisingly comes around in the final act and a really spectacular and fun showdown, the best Narnia film sequence to date. Here, even Eustace finds purpose and redeems himself. The ending is also rather sweet and touching. Kids probably won't be bothered by the rather simplistic dialogs of the first half anyway and enjoy the entire adventure whole-heartedly.
February 12, 2013
ironclad1609

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I'd read in my Entertainment Weekly magazine about how boring they (or that editor) thought it was, but I rather enjoyed it start to finish, myself.
January 12, 2012
stormyweather980

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I was rather pleasantly surprised in this 3rd installment of the Chronicles of Narnia, feeling that, although a fairy tale and targeted at 10 year olds, there held in this one enough charm and a certain degree of cynicism to overcome the weaknesses so apparent in the 2nd film.

This film, while following the 2nd film's coming of age aspects, foregoes many of the epic scenes of battle with all the cool creatures, and therefore becomes more human. Not to say the film is perfect, for there are some odd plot contrivances (for example, having the incompetent and trouble making Eustace included in all the ship's landing parties) and the type of ham fisted plot messages geared for the aforementioned 10 year old mentality, however, if you just check your brain at the door and watch the story unfold, I believe there is enough here to hold an adult's interest (though casting myself in that role may be suspect... LOL).

There are some delightful CGI moments, which make the hideously bad CGI that also fills the film so much more glaring. If you look at the all the scenes when the Dawn Treader arrives at the apparently abandoned city, you'll see bad mapping, terribly drawn, static backdrops, and some seriously bad staging once the city's denizens populate the town.

The acting throughout was respectable given the archetypes that had to be represented (and really, the mouse out acted all the real characters), and I really enjoyed the bratty performance of Eustace, who added a wonderful degree of adult levity with all this cynicism.

Unfortunately there is a plot device that comes at the beginning of the grand fight between goodness and evil, that you know you've seen before... yes, I'm talking about evil taking your worst thought and making it real - shades of Ghostbusters! It would have been hilarious to see the Sta-Puff Marshmallow Man threatening the ship instead of the sea monster that was conjured out of Edmund's psyche (though I kind of enjoyed seeing a cameo appearance by the ice queen who, after Edmund complained that she was already dead, proclaimed "I'll never be truly dead as long as I exist in your mind"... pretty heady stuff when you think about it). I have to point out however that if you're thinking Ghostbusters rip-off, you may have it backwards - for C.S. Lewis penned The Dawn Treader decades before Ghostbusters.

In the end, this is miles away from Tolkien, but then again, the books are as well (closer to Potter actually, both in target audience and tone); and certainly there have been far worse films based on beloved children's books (The Gold Compass comes to mind).
November 24, 2011
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    1. Lucy Pevensie: Will you come and visit us in our world?
    2. Aslan: I shall be watching you always.
    3. Lucy Pevensie: How?
    4. Aslan: In your world, I have another name. You must learn to know me by it. That was the very reason why you were brought to Narnia, that by knowing me here for a little, you may know me better there.
    – Submitted by Jillian L (14 months ago)
    1. Lucy: Where's Eustace?
    2. Reepicheep: I believe he's out there not helping load the boat.
    – Submitted by Lydia F (16 months ago)
    1. Reepicheep: Extraordinary things happen to extraordinary people.
    – Submitted by Cathy D (17 months ago)
    1. Aslan: Don't run from who you are.
    – Submitted by Cathy D (17 months ago)
    1. Reepicheep: We have nothing if we don't believe.
    – Submitted by Cathy D (17 months ago)
    1. Eustace Scrubb: It's like a zoo down there!
    – Submitted by Emma E (17 months ago)
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