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Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book Reviews

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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.
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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
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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.
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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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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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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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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