Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book 1994

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

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Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book may not hew as closely to the book as its title suggests, but it still offers an entertaining live-action take on a story best known in animated form.

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When his father is killed by a jungle tiger, Mowgli (Jason Scott Lee) is orphaned and grows up in the wild, raised by animals. Years later, the bracelet given to him by his childhood friend, Kitty (Lena Headey), is stolen. In pursuing it, he discovers Monkey City with all its treasures. He is reunited with Kitty, but struggles to adapt to civilization. When Kitty's unscrupulous suitor, Capt. Boone (Cary Elwes), attempts to raid the jungle of its treasures, Mowgli's life is imperiled.

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Cary Elwes
Captain William Boone
Lena Headey
Katherine "Kitty" Brydon
Sam Neill
Colonel Geofferey Brydon
John Cleese
Dr. Julien Plumford
Jason Flemyng
Lt. John Wilkins
Ron Donachie
Sgt. Harley
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Critic Reviews for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (8)

  • Jungle Book entertains in a way both contemporary and traditional.

    April 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The new attempt - a live-action adaptation - is unlikely to supplant the cartoon version in anyone's affections.

    April 15, 2016 | Full Review…
  • That's the biggest problem with this Jungle Book. Sommers is so busy spinning his camera, crowding the soundtrack with animal noises and piling on the cheesy visual effects that he can't stop for a reflective moment or a character-revealing touch.

    April 15, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • This Jungle Book, however, is more remindful of Disney's classic wildlife adventure pics than it is of a cartoon, and it is most remindful of that other jungle classic, Tarzan.

    April 15, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Rent the animated film instead.

    April 14, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • A full-throttled, technically superb adventure - with more bite than most Disney live-action fare - that offers some winning moments but, ultimately, isn't as involving as it needs to be.

    October 18, 2008

    Brian Lowry

    Variety
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Audience Reviews for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

  • Apr 17, 2016
    This takes an old school classic and puts a spin on it. Very entertaining for all ages, though the acting and effects are not the best. All fans of the Jungle Book and not fans alike should enjoy this live action version.
    Jarrin R Super Reviewer
  • Dec 29, 2009
    A great Remake but not as much great as the Original one.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 22, 2009
    It was actually a very fun adaption of the classic and quite memorable. It has a lot of beautiful looking sets and a lot of great sequences to match it. The acting was good and Stephen Sommers' style was a great addition to the film.
    Conner R Super Reviewer
  • Oct 25, 2009
    An okay adaption of a Disney classic. It's sometimes thrilling, other times dull, but the acting for the most part is good. Cary Elwes is especially memorable as the snarling villain.
    Dan S Super Reviewer

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