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

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Sean Axmaker
November 18, 2016
It is a handsome production, an epic fantasy for younger audiences with a spiritual message, and it was followed by two more films in the series. This one remains the most satisfying and inspiring.
January 13, 2016
This could have been a fantasy film for the ages, but, as it is, once you have beheld the pattern of events, you may find that the film itself is not so hard to throw away.
Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 7, 2012
Neither as complex or grand as LOTR nor as accessible as Potter; still, if you can overlook the arch moralising, this is fine kids escapism.
| Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2011
Because it is a children's story about children it is occasionally a bit precious, but only occasionally. For the most part it is an extremely well-designed piece of fantasy that doesn't try to overwhelm the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cynthia Fuchs
Common Sense Media
December 17, 2010
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
So digitalized that the images start to suggest chintzy old superimpositions
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Once I ignored the religious aspects, it was a very good film...
Steve Biodrowski
July 8, 2008
The story never quite lives up to the grandeur of the visuals, and the narrative tends to drag, especially in the first half.
Thomas Peyser
Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
May 17, 2008
It is marked by a peculiarly English celebration of the Church Militant. That noted, it's also a ripping yarn.
May 13, 2008
A slow, cold first half is followed by a lively, sunny second half.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 26, 2008
The bigger the scope gets, the less we really care.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
The good news is Director Andrew Adamson and gang have done an impressive job of adapting Lewis' admittedly simple and somewhat thin tale into a big scale motion picture, delivering impressive production values and few solid action sequences.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Certainly a feast for the eyes; once the story moves to Narnia, the film is never dull to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
July 10, 2007
The Chronicles of Narnia joins the ranks of other fantasy classics ... in creating an amazingly believable fantasy world.
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
With its crisply told narrative, excellent production values and great ensemble cast [it] is one of the best big-budget spectacles Hollywood has released this year.
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 10, 2007
This is a worthy opening salvo, a film that succeeds through the sheer weight of our expectations, and that won't disappoint younger audiences.
Ian Freer
Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
It's an enjoyable adaptation and good enough for us to welcome this new franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Stuart Klawans
The Nation
November 11, 2006
It is spendthrift in budget yet cautious in style, steadfast in holding to Lewis's imagination yet timorous about using any of its own.
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2006
My guess is that [it] will appeal to all of us in need of a jab of earnest, old-fashioned moralism to save the day
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Michael Clawson
West Valley View
July 27, 2006
Aslan = Jesus. Now you don't have to buy a ticket.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/5
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