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The Jungle Book Reviews

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TIME Magazine
April 15, 2016
The result is thoroughly delightful. The reasons for its success lie in Disney's own unfettered animal spirits, his ability to be childlike without being childish.
Andrew Collins
Radio Times
April 15, 2016
The period's feathery drawing style abounds, and an all-round warmth pervades.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Howard Thompson
New York Times
April 15, 2016
Smple, uncluttered, straight-forward fun.
James Plath
Family Home Theater
April 3, 2016
The plot and pacing may be nearly as lazy as the sloth bear Baloo (Phil Harris), but animators use that to their advantage, developing the characters so that even minor ones seem majorly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
Here's yet another animated feature from Disney's mostly barren stretch between its two golden ages, a film that plays better in nostalgia-tinged memories than in the here-and-now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
March 10, 2014
Disney's grandniece recently cast aspersions on the picture, but I don't share her pessimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dustin Putman
February 24, 2014
[Blu-ray Review] Looking and sounding like a million bucks (or more) and full of exhaustive bonus content new and vintage, the Blu-ray release of "The Jungle Book" is a must-own for anyone who loves animation, the Walt Disney studio, or film in general.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
February 14, 2014
Every one of the bunch is memorable, and each plays gracefully into the action of the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 13, 2011
...a sporadically entertaining yet hopelessly uneven bit of animated filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Scheinfeld
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 16, 2009
By far the most contemporary in expression and attitude of any Disney animated feature to that time.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Variety Staff
November 3, 2009
The standout song goes to Harris, a rhythmic 'Bare Necessities' extolling the value of a simple life and credited to Terry Gilkyson.

TV Guide
March 10, 2008
A witty animated feature from Disney based on the famous Rudyard Kipling stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
March 10, 2008
It's a slight tale, of course, and incredibly short, but the characters and songs are pretty much perfect viewing time and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
March 10, 2008
Ridiculously entertaining.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2008
A serious disappointment, recommended only for inveterate Disney fans and very young people.
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
October 8, 2007
With an ensemble cast of memorable characters, catchy tunes and lots of zaniness, it's hard not to love the Kipling adaptation.
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2007
The literally last-minute stab at domestic foreplay is simply unbelievable, but Baloo's lip-licking post-mortem ("I still think he'd a made one swell bear") is what sticks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
October 3, 2007
Reflects a conservative, imperialist, 'don't mix the races/species' worldview. Yet it's also about friendship and truthfulness, and it's just plain fun.
Read More | Original Score: 80/100
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 2, 2007
The roughness around the edges of The Jungle Book are part of what makes it such a classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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