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David Kronke
Los Angeles Times
April 15, 2016
Jungle Book entertains in a way both contemporary and traditional.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
April 15, 2016
The new attempt - a live-action adaptation - is unlikely to supplant the cartoon version in anyone's affections.
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
April 15, 2016
The acting troupe are great fun: Lee looks fit, Headey is sweet enough in a narrow role, Cleese fine-tunes his predictable Fawlty bit and Elwes stiff-upper lips to excess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
April 15, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 15, 2016
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chauncey Mabe
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
April 15, 2016
Anyone familiar with Rudyard Kipling's stories will be forgiven for spending the first half of Rudyard Kipling's Jungle Book squirming with outrage and confusion.
Dennis King
Tulsa World
April 15, 2016
In the end, Rudyard's Kipling's The Jungle Book gains very little from this newest incarnation. As live-action fare, it has nothing on the 1942 version of the story that starred the Indian actor Sabu as Kipling's wild child.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times
April 15, 2016
This live-action rumble-in-the-jungle version of the story of Mowgli, the boy brought up to adulthood by wolves, may lack the songs and magic of the classic Disney feature-length cartoon, but it is closer to Kipling's original tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film4
April 15, 2016
Frequently beautiful and with much to recommend it.

TV Guide
April 15, 2016
Stunning production design, smart pacing, and a well-handled romantic angle make for a seamless, if undemanding, entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stephen Hunter
Baltimore Sun
April 15, 2016
Beautifully mounted and shot, "Rudyard Kipling's 'Jungle Book' " still feels somewhat callow. Its title aside, it never really deals with the issues that the great Kipling raised continually in his distinguished body of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Sky Movies
April 15, 2016
A visual feast, pitched equally between kids' and adult fare.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
April 14, 2016
Rent the animated film instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
October 18, 2008
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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
Kipling purists may not cotton to Disney's new live-action version of The Jungle Book, but it's hard to think of anyone else who won't be enchanted.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Scott Lee is an unexpectedly appealing hero, partly because he's never indulged, and his dialogue is kept to a minimum.
Fred Topel
About.com
July 14, 2003
Excellent live-action adaptation. Thrilling adventure with classic heroes and villains.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 20, 2003
A chaste teen-age love story with an ecological sensibility and some terrific scenery.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2002
Boasts a hero who has a mystical rapport with animals.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
A serviceable adaptation, but nowhere near as whimsical as the animated version.
| Original Score: 3/5
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