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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Reviews

November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 15, 2011
Squanders both its first-rate computer graphics and its sturdy international cast.
October 18, 2008
Adamson barrels the action along in an even-handed manner that should keep most of the family happy.
May 19, 2008
Too many fights, not enough magic.
May 19, 2008
At every turn, the filmmakers go for clutter and tumult where simplicity would do -- and Adamson, to put it kindly, isn't the fleetest of action directors.
May 16, 2008
Prince Caspian may be less full of innocent wonder than its predecessor, but it is a smarter, better film. Like its young stars, the Narnia franchise has, for better and worse, grown up.
May 16, 2008
I wish I could be more enthusiastic about Prince Caspian, an honorable and attractive adventure for children and families. But scenic beauty and spirited action can't conceal its dramatic defects.
May 16, 2008
Andrew Adamson's The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a much more elaborate, ambitious picture than the 2005 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and it adds up to far less.
May 16, 2008
If you ever wondered what The Lord of the Rings would have been like had Disney made it on the cheap, tossing the cast of Hannah Montana into Middle Earth, here it is. Caspian is two hours and 20 minutes of 'Whatever'.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 16, 2008
What's important here is that Narnia -- and its fascinating all-ages mix of pagan myth and Christian symbolism, of boy's-own-adventures and Round Table heroics -- is back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2008
Another classic saga of deeds dastardly and swashes buckled, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian doesn't quite equal the first film, but some may find this one a less-insistent piece of pure entertainment because it isn't so overtly Christian.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2008
Sure, it's a big-budget spectacle. But it's also the kind of grandly old-fashioned entertainment we don't get enough of anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 16, 2008
The struggles remain, but [director] Adamson has tweaked the plot, rejiggered the character dynamics and piled on the epic warfare. By the end I had overdosed on surly Peter, pouty Caspian and over-digitized shock-and-awe.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 16, 2008
If there's one thing The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian accomplishes, it's this: It makes you realize just how good those Lord of the Rings movies were.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
May 16, 2008
Something human is missing here, amidst all the centaurs and talking bears and mobile trees. It's the art of storytelling, which knows when to allow characters time for heartfelt interaction, when to build suspense, when to mount a climax.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 16, 2008
Like the finest fantasy epics, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian invites us into a rich realm and, at two-plus hours, holds us there for a goodly spell.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 16, 2008
This is a bigger and darker Narnia movie and although it didn't leave me famished for the inevitable sequel, it delivers the family-entertainment goods.
Full Review | Original Score: B
May 16, 2008
With bigger battles and scarier monsters than its predecessor, the new movie flaunts grander visual effects, and, with one notable exception, a dash more individuality than the initial installment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2008
A muscular fantasy epic that marks a filmmaking improvement if not a leap in dramatic inspiration over 2005's The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, Caspian reveals this series as conceived ever more clearly as a junior-league Lord of the Rings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 16, 2008
Why oh why are these sequels always bigger and louder and longer and bad?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 15, 2008
Prince Caspian, like its predecessor, delivers sweeping, swashbuckling action in a handsome production, albeit one that leaves viewers feeling quite pummeled by the end of its nearly 2 1/2 -hour running time.
May 15, 2008
Prince Caspian is an elaborately presented feast that will taste familiar to the 'tween and teen audience for whom it is served.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2008
The creatures remain beautifully designed and Narnia still looks like a colorful, inviting place, but it feels as lifeless as the fantastical anyworlds found on glittery unicorn posters.
Read More | Original Score: C
May 15, 2008
Child kings and queens land in a Jacobean tragedy with The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 15, 2008
Bigger, brasher, more magical and funnier than the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2008
If we have to learn life lessons from a God Cat, do they have to side with Bill O'Reilly?
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 15, 2008
Squarely in the tradition of the kind of teenage movies the Disney organization used to make before teens discovered horror and gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 15, 2008
I realize the first film (The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) made almost $745 million worldwide. Well, some things make tremendous profits simply by showing up and getting the trains to run on time.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 15, 2008
Under all the gimmickry and effects, there's a nice story to tell -- as anyone who has read the books knows.
May 15, 2008
Though the movie could have ended a few scenes earlier, it is still a journey well worth taking.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2008
It's a dragged-out exercise, with no epic scale and no spirit worth talking about.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 15, 2008
This new Narnia has more of everything, especially action and top-notch effects, but loses some of its soul in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2008
Adamson makes it all quite handsome, in a downbeat way.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2008
Another triumph for director Adamson. He had us at Narnia but took us farther on this eloquent journey than we expected to go.
Read More | Original Score: A-
May 15, 2008
They may make for clunky religious parables, but the Narnia books -- and so far, the movies based on them -- are wonderful as stories about childhood and its loss.
May 15, 2008
If anything, this sequel could have used more hellfire. You leave feeling covered in a blanket of bland.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 15, 2008
While not as strong in terms of plotting or character development, Prince Caspian is nevertheless a better cinematic experience than its predecessor, if only because it feels more confident and polished.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 15, 2008
Prince Caspian has the same problems as its predecessor: a C.S. Lewis story line rendered anemic, and a cast of sweet but unengaging principals.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 15, 2008
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian offers kids and adults an entertaining escape into the world of C.S. Lewis' books.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
May 15, 2008
A pity that, other than the fights, everything else in the movie is equally bloodless.
May 14, 2008
A fierce and somber battle epic.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
May 14, 2008
It's simultaneously darker and funnier, more substantive and more engaging, more violent and more technically accomplished.
May 12, 2008
A worthy if somewhat less wondrous successor to that 2005 phenomenon.
May 12, 2008
A bit darker, more conventional and more crisply made than its 2005 predecessor.