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

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 9, 2005
The hard-core may experience the thrill of recognition. But the rest of us can be forgiven a perfectly appropriate giggling fit.
Read More | 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
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 8, 2005
It tells Lewis' story, which has its share of sticky and ponderous aspects, in a predictable, visually cautious way. You keep waiting to be transported, yet in cinematic terms, the transportation never arrives.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Fernando F. Croce
September 1, 2009
So digitalized that the images start to suggest chintzy old superimpositions
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 8, 2005
Watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is like being told a terrific story by a so-so storyteller.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Barsanti
December 8, 2005
There's no hideous beast or CGI landscape rendered here that can compare with what lurks in the mind of even the dullest, least imaginative child.
| Original Score: 2/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 2, 2005
To say that it's all more than a bit simplistic and heavy-handed would be a severe understatement.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
December 8, 2005
It's gorgeous and amazing, sure, but money can't buy emotional connection, and that's what it needs so badly.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
December 17, 2005
Bloated, bland, boring stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Otto
IGN Movies
December 22, 2005
The film is unfortunately uneven, with great moments followed by not-so-great moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Orndorf
December 8, 2005
The many moments of sacrifice, resurrection, and Judas-like betrayal feel like they're from another film, and not one with talking beavers and fur coat-clad heroes.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Mark R. Leeper
December 18, 2005
Shooting in New Zealand is only one way in which this film mimics THE LORD OF THE RINGS. But somehow one never really cares much for the four children who generally just do the obvious.
Full Review| Original Score: 6/10
Rebecca Murray
December 9, 2005
I know it's bizarre to say CGI beavers have more life to them than the humans who interact with the computerized creations, but it's true. The whole movie feels flat.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 27, 2006
Feels like a retread of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films without a stitch of personality.
David Cornelius
December 10, 2005
Ultimately, the story is too lazy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nick Rogers
State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
December 8, 2005
Hoping for franchise success by visual association with other movies, no matter how great the mimicry, steals too much heart and spirit from this beloved children's classic.
Full Review| Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
December 8, 2005
The Chronicles of Narnia proves, sometimes, talking animals are not funny. Sometimes, they are waging a holy war, and Santa Claus is giving kids weapons for Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Erik Childress
December 8, 2005
By the end of Narnia, I felt like I was retaught a lesson I had long since learned instead of living the dream of a new discovery. Suitable in that there are clearly no small metaphors, only small movies about those metaphors.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
December 9, 2005
Descrever este filme como um O Senhor dos Anéis para crianças acabaria sendo uma ofensa tanto para a trilogia comandada por Peter Jackson quanto para os espectadores infantis.
| Original Score: 2/5
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John Anderson
December 8, 2005
Too much, too nice, too boring.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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