The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe


The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

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With first-rate special effects and compelling storytelling, this adaptation stays faithful to its source material and will please moviegoers of all ages.



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C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- in World War II England who enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of 'hide-and-seek' in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis. Under the guidance of a noble and mystical ruler, the lion Aslan, the children fight to overcome the White Witch's powerful hold over Narnia in a spectacular, climactic battle that will free Narnia from Jadis' icy spell forever.

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Georgie Henley
as Lucy Pevensie
Skandar Keynes
as Edmund Pevensie
William Moseley
as Peter Pevensie
Anna Popplewell
as Susan Pevensie
Tilda Swinton
as Jadis, the White Witch
James McAvoy
as Mr. Tumnus
Jim Broadbent
as Professor Kirke
Kiran Shah
as Ginarrbrik
James Cosmo
as Father Christmas
Judy McIntosh
as Mrs. Pevensie
Elizabeth Hawthorne
as Mrs. MacReady
Shane Rangi
as General Otmin
Mark Wells
as Edmund (Older)
Noah Huntley
as Peter (Older)
Rachael Henley
as Lucy (Older)
Sophie Winkleman
as Susan (Older)
Terry Murdoch
as German Pilot
Alina Phelan
as Centaur Archer
Nikhom Nusungnern
as Red & Black Dwarf
M. Ramaswami
as Red & Black Dwarf
Prapraphorn Chansator
as Red & Black Dwarf
Bhoja Khannada
as Red & Black Dwarf
Doungdieo Sarangvong
as Red & Black Dwarf
Zakiuddin Mohd Farooque
as Red & Black Dwarf
Ajay Ratilal Navi
as Red & Black Dwarf
Brandon Cook
as Boy on Train
Lee Tuson
as Rumblebuffin the Giant
Cassie Cook
as Girl on Train
Morris Lupton
as Train Conductor
Shelley Edwards-Bishop
as Distraught Mother
Susan Haldane
as Distraught Mother
Margaret Bremner
as Distraught Mother
Jaxin Hall
as Soldier
Katrina Browne
as Green Dryad
Douglas Gresham
as Radio Announcer
Ray Winstone
as Mr. Beaver
Dawn French
as Mrs. Beaver
Philip Steuer
as Philip the Horse
Jim May
as Vardan
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Critic Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (47)

  • It's easy to see why Disney chose to start with The Witch and the Wardrobe.

    Jan 17, 2006 | Full Review…
  • This PG-rated movie feels safe and constricted in a way the story never does on the page. It leaves out the deep magic of a good movie, or a good sermon: the feeling that something vital is at stake.

    Jan 6, 2006 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Long may it roar.

    Dec 17, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's no fire, no passion and not much fun.

    Dec 16, 2005 | Full Review…
    TIME Magazine
    Top Critic
  • An entertaining, emotional, and surprisingly intimate movie.

    Dec 9, 2005 | Full Review…

    David Edelstein

    Top Critic
  • For sheer entertainment value, and the painless imparting of values about family, loyalty and bravery, this lion in winter roars loudly.

    Dec 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe


The first-rate special effects and nice adapted script contribute to create this fine, delightful - yet also notably harmless - adventure for the whole family despite the fact that most of the young actors lack in charisma and the plot is longer and more predictable than it seems.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

While not following the book word for word. It does follow core scenes and characters from the novel. The actors in the film all do a great job, the effects are great, being a great mix of practical and CG, the action is very good, and the pacing is very good.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

Super Reviewer


Powerful, epic, and suitably touching, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe deftly balances Christian themes with humor, family issues, and intense, well-executed action sequences. Overall, a must-see, well-done fantasy film that can be watched over and over.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

With an appeal to both adults and children, the British author C. S. Lewis wrote seven books in his Chronicles of Narnia series. The stories are rich in mythology and religious symbolism, drawing upon archetypes from the Norse, Greco-Roman, Persian, medieval chivalric, and Judeo-Christian traditions. Now comes this wonderful film of the first chronicle, "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe." The beautiful cinematography and the terrific performances of the children make this film outstanding for family viewing. As integrated with the live actors, the colorful animal characters, especially the Lion (Jesus), reveal brilliant technical film-making as well. Lewis's books are not overtly allegorical. Rather, the symbols and the messages are subtle. The four children in the story (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy) were inspired by the actual children evacuated from London during World War II, who spent time in Lewis's home. Lewis wanted his books to be enjoyed by young people who would later in their lives draw the spiritual meanings from the stories. In this area, the film is enormously faithful to the original book and would have made the author extremely proud. 4 Stars 12-29-06 (Updated)

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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