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Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Reviews

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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
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
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.
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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
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.
Emanuel Levy
August 28, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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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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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.
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
April 20, 2003
Read More | Original Score: B
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
A serviceable adaptation, but nowhere near as whimsical as the animated version.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 10, 2002
| 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.
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
December 18, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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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.
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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
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