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The Jungle Book Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 29, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 13, 2011
...a sporadically entertaining yet hopelessly uneven bit of animated filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Keyes
David Keyes' Cinema 2000
February 28, 2003 uneven episode in the Disney legacy, without much shape and substance beyond the concept of jumping from one scene to the next in order to get to the next musical number.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
March 10, 2008
A serious disappointment, recommended only for inveterate Disney fans and very young people.
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Geoff Brown
Time Out
September 30, 2006
It's also got great knockabout visual gags, mercifully little cutey-poo sentiment, and reasonable songs.
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
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
The Jungle Book is fun, cheerful animation; high on hummable songs and comedy; and low on scary moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
Brian Orndorf
September 18, 2007
Whatever it lacks in heroic reach it more than makes up for in sociable personality and devastatingly expressive animation from the Disney masters, making it an underground classic that's impressively stood the test of time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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.
Christopher Null
January 27, 2004
The Jungle Book isn't without its rough spots, but on the whole it's fully deserving of its place in the Disney canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 16, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
September 2, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
September 27, 2007
...the characters, music, and animation more than make up for any shortcomings, and the result is pleasant entertainment for everyone.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
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+
Michael Scheinfeld
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Howard Thompson
New York Times
April 15, 2016
Smple, uncluttered, straight-forward fun.
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