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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle Reviews

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July 9, 2018
What I appreciated was that it didn't rely on nostalgia for the original Jumanji to succeed.
December 25, 2017
It strikes the balance between referencing its nostalgic origins without being obnoxious or obsequious in doing so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2017
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" makes the original "Jumanji" look like a towering cinematic achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
December 21, 2017
Mostly great fun, with Jack Black outrageously entertaining as a teenage girl. But we need to talk about Karen. As Ruby Roundhouse, Gillan is stuck in less clothes than one of Rihanna's backing dancers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 21, 2017
The movie has amusingly broad performances; good, bloodless scares ... and self-empowering life lessons too bland to be specious. You could do far worse.
December 21, 2017
Like a video game, the narrative lacks any character development, relying on obstacles, chases, and the threat of elimination. Hart delivers his one-liners with precision and verve, and Johnson is sweetly funny as the muscular incarnation of a gawky nerd.
December 20, 2017
But what the film lacks in depth, it balances in detail. Black's soft - but not comically squeaky - voice gives Bethany the soul she lacked in hot girl form, back when all the screenwriters could think of to have her do was take selfies.
December 20, 2017
It's Hollywood formula at its most generic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 20, 2017
A likable, funny diversion, and sometimes more than that.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2017
Every year, there are a handful of pleasant and unpleasant surprises in multiplexes. Count Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle among the former.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2017
With its smart casting and lively action sequences, this version of the game is an overall upgrade.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 20, 2017
It is smarter and more humorous than the first movie, and its digital effects - which include stampeding albino rhinos and mountain-scraping aerobatics - are far snazzier, as one would expect.
December 19, 2017
In the end, the filmmakers have given us one of the most fun movie-going experiences I've had this year. Huge kudos go to Johnson, Hart and especially Black for providing some truly entertaining performances.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 19, 2017
Director Jake Kasdan coaxes crisp interplay from all four leads, getting more from Johnson and Hart's scenes together than Central Intelligence did.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2017
Welcome to Jake Kasdan's jungle, he's got fun and games. Unfortunately, he doesn't have much of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 19, 2017
Johnson is good at suggesting a timid teen beneath his wall of muscle. Gillan seems believably unsure of herself as the nerd Martha, while also making exposed abs look classy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2017
This Jumanji is a passable time-waster, the equivalent of comfort food dished up for the holidays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 19, 2017
Sorry, nostalgia junkies. "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle," the sequel to the popular 1995 movie about a mystical board game, rolls snake eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
December 19, 2017
It's surprisingly OK, largely due to the likability factor of the four leads.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 19, 2017
The material is often weak, but the stars earn their paychecks.
December 19, 2017
This updated Jumanji can't outrun the clichés on its tail, but its puppy-eagerness to please is hard to resist. And Jack Black steals every scene he's in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 19, 2017
Jumanji reboot Welcome to the Jungle a happy surprise - a movie that turns out to be good (almost clean) fun, and is much more interested in character and comedy than special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 19, 2017
You may ask: Though good for an initial laugh, how long can this wrong-body comedy shtick pay off? The answer: pretty much the entire movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 19, 2017
The performances by Mr. Johnson, Mr. Hart and Mr. Black seem informed by the conviction that if they amuse themselves, they will also amuse others. They are not entirely wrong, but they are also not sufficiently right.
December 19, 2017
If you're going to coast on charm, you could do a lot worse than Dwayne Johnson.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 18, 2017
A big-budget follow-up that doesn't unreel like a lazy money grab is a victory in of itself. Everybody wins this game.
December 18, 2017
With its video game upgrade, "Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle" manages to match the silly fun of its predecessor - even without Williams - and that's no small achievement unlocked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
December 15, 2017
Their cognitive dissonance is what gives Jumanji its humor, and the film relies on the star personas of Johnson, Hart, Black and Gillan to deliver it.
December 15, 2017
"Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle ," is a very sweet, and generally entertaining body swap lark with some nice messages about being, and believing in, yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 12, 2017
This sequel turns out to be a comedy of manners, of all things, and an agreeable one, a movie that will get you laughing and suck you in.
December 10, 2017
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle turns out to be surprisingly fun, infusing the premise with a The Breakfast Club twist while accentuating the comedy.
December 8, 2017
The task at hand is to make a family action-adventure vehicle for some big screen names, one that bangs and clangs cheerfully until the end. The fact that it comes together with as much charm as it does is something of a mainstream moviegoing miracle.
December 8, 2017
The film's main appeal is in watching familiar actors pretend to be ordinary kids grappling with their new selves.
December 8, 2017
It manages to pull off something I once would have thought was impossible: It makes the original Jumanji look like a beloved cinema classic.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 8, 2017
The mildly amusing Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle is further proof that even the stalest whiff of brand recognition has become preferable to originality.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 8, 2017
It's supposed to be a video-ized board game come to life, but really, it's just a bored game.