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

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 17, 2010
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

December 10, 2010
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The visual splendor is still there, in moderate amounts.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 10, 2010
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C

December 10, 2010
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

December 10, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B-

December 10, 2010
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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An utter shipwreck, a would-be adventure with meager rations of magic and a listless crew.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 1.5/4

December 10, 2010
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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Only two characters are worth much notice; neither is a prince, and one is a really big mouse, which tells you something sad about Narnia's royal family.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

December 10, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Apted brings back a sense of the old-fashioned fun of the low-tech 1960s myths-and-monsters matinees, when no roiling sea ever failed to harbor a giant serpent -- and men stood in the bows of ships facing peril with chins of iron.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2010
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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It's great to be back in Narnia.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

December 10, 2010
Eric D. Snider
Film.com
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Where the others aimed for greatness and missed, this one aims for middle-of-the-road and basically hits it.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

December 9, 2010
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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This picture... mostly plays like a perfunctory cross between watered-down iterations of The Wind in the Willows and any Pirates of the Caribbean movie...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

December 9, 2010
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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Dawn Treader, the name of the ship in the story, should here be rechristened Yawn Treader.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

December 9, 2010
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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Discerning young people aren't likely to find Dawn Treader very challenging or engaging and the accompanying adults are certain to find it pretty bland fare...

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

December 9, 2010
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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A decent family adventure, perfectly suited to a cold Saturday morning -- and likely to be forgotten by Sunday.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

December 9, 2010
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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Oh, there are sword fights aplenty (as bloodless as ever), but instead of a real story, we are left clinging to individual moments.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 9, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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What kid hasn't dreamed of being a queen or king in another world?

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2010
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's serviceable, but certainly not much fun.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

December 9, 2010
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Unfortunately, between its ripsnorting beginning and moving finale, Apted's film sails into the doldrums.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 9, 2010
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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The beguiling creature design -- from minotaur to dragon, sea serpent to one-footed dwarf -- and 3D effects heighten the illusion of a storybook coming alive.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

December 9, 2010
John Swansburg
Slate
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Its attempts to overcome the story's episodic nature are clumsy, its effects only intermittently special, and its dufflepuds not nearly funny enough.

Full Review Source: Slate

December 9, 2010
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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The story bounces from island to island and event to event with a sense of humor, but no sense of flow or drama except during the fight sequences.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

December 9, 2010
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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Provides rousing enough young family entertainment - though there's less to engage maturer Lewis fans and possible disappointment for older teenagers.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

December 9, 2010
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Except for a few familiar faces, the uninspired, desperate-looking The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader doesn't bear much resemblance to its predecessors.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

December 9, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a rip-snorting adventure fantasy for families, especially the younger members who are not insistent on continuity.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2010
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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This retelling of "Dawn Treader" is relentlessly goal-oriented -- our heroes must collect seven swords, and free a bunch of people imprisoned in mysterious green mist -- in a way Lewis' book simply isn't.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

December 9, 2010
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The "quest" element, a common fantasy staple, is uninspired and perfunctory, and there's a growing sense throughout the movie that there's no real point to any of what is occurring.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2/4

December 8, 2010
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
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The best thing about the film is neither the top-notch CGI nor the shallow moral lessons but the performance of Will Poulter as Lucy and Edmund's insufferable cousin Eustace Scrubb.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2010
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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There's a businesslike, barrel-ahead determination to the proceedings, as if the players (and, in the bigger picture, the producers) were ticking off items on an agenda: three volumes down, four to go if Walden Media commits to the whole shebang.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

December 8, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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Apted gives it little sense of scope or purpose; everything feels perfunctory as in a bad video game.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 2010
Justin Chang
Variety
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This f/x-heavy third adaptation of the Christian-themed fantasy series feels routine and risk-averse in every respect, as if investment anxiety had fatally hobbled its sense of wonder.

Full Review Source: Variety

December 7, 2010
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
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It's good to see the spirit of English craftsmanship alive, even if applied to ephemeral effects.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 7, 2010
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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This tedious third entry doesn't bode well for the continuation of the franchise.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

December 6, 2010
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