Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book


Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

Critics Consensus

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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This Disney live-action film contains elements of action, adventure, a nature film, and romance. It tells the story of Mowgli, an orphaned boy separated from his camp and childhood friend Kitty during an attack by Shere Khan the fierce tiger. The frightened child is raised in the Indian jungles by wolves and other animals. During a childhood swing through the trees, he finds a magical lost city brimming with treasure and swarming with apes. He grows up and encounters Kitty as she walks through the forest. He follows her to the city where she takes him under her wing to teach him civilized ways. Her fiance Boone grows jealous, learns of the treasure, and begins a plot to get rid of Mowgli after he leads them to the lost city. Boone and his henchmen end up kidnapping Kitty, her father, kindly Dr. Plumford, and Mowgli. The jungle boy leads on an exciting chase to the city. The scenes inside the city are reminiscent of the Indiana Jones movies. In the end, everyone gets exactly what they deserve.


Cary Elwes
as Capt. William Boone
Lena Headey
as Kitty Brydon
Sam Neill
as Col. Brydon
John Cleese
as Dr. Plumford
Sean Naegeli
as Mowgli (age 5)
Joanna Wolff
as Kitty (age 5)
Natalie Morse
as Margaret
Gerry Crampton
as Sgt. Major
Amrik Gill
as Butler
Rick Glassey
as Sgt. Claibourne
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Critic Reviews for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (30) | Rotten (8)

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

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

    Apr 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.

    Apr 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.

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

    Apr 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.

    Oct 18, 2008

    Brian Lowry

    Top Critic

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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