Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Reviews

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Brian Lowry
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
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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Geoff Andrew
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
March 15, 2002
Sommers would have done better if he had spent more time on character development (including some of the animal characters) and less on turning Mowgli into Indiana Jones. In some ways, this is as cartoony as the '67 version.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Putting Kipling's name over the title is gross mis-representation. The pity is that such care was taken with the visual aspects of a film so betrayed by the scripting.
Full Review | Original Score: low +1 out of -4..+4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
The technical aspects of the film are impressive. The cinematography is lovely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The narrative shifts from romance to adventure the way Cheetah used to hop from foot to foot, but Sommers nevertheless delivers a bully family picture.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
The special effects are convincing, the performances are forthright, and the direction, by Stephen Sommers, recalls his energetic, lighthearted "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Beautifully photographed and tightly paced with a spate of solid performances, this latest Kipling-inspired motion picture is an enjoyable and exuberant film-going experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 23, 1994
Everything epic that Legends of the Fall strains so hard to achieve, Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book accomplishes niftily.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Hollis Chacona
Austin Chronicle
December 23, 1994
Through skillful training and handling, the use of dozens of animals and, no doubt, prodigious editing, these creatures really do commune with the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Boyd van Hoeij
January 20, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
August 28, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 7, 2005
| Original Score: 5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 14, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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