The Jungle Book Reviews

January 13, 2020
The Jungle Book is not quite as inessential as last year's Cinderella, but ultimately it still fails to justify its own existence.
July 17, 2019
This is a movie that does two things: shows us all how far Jon Favreau has fallen since leaving the Iron Man franchise and provides evidence that some junior exec at the House of Mouse must've got rip-roaring drunk before seeing Life of Pi.
July 9, 2019
Technical marvel without emotional grounding is masturbatory special effect self-congratulations. I don't want to care how many hairs on Bagheera's head move. I want to care what's inside his head. But, hey, that's just the bare necessities for me.
November 5, 2018
It's as visually proficient as a calculating, multi-million dollar, live action studio offering should be. And yet, the end result is strangely tentative and a bit soulless.
November 17, 2016
[The Jungle Book] stumbles because the people involved aren't willing to fully commit to either making a near-shot-for-shot remake or going in a completely different direction.
June 6, 2016
The murky, almost indecipherable action sequence that closes the proceedings confirms The Jungle Book's place as a misbegotten adaptation...
April 25, 2016
10/10 for 7 year olds, but while the special effects are spectacular and beautiful, it's a cartoon and how can any adult sit still through this for 2 hours? Save me from any cartoon that lasts much longer than 7 minutes.
April 19, 2016
A weird movie that wants for so much realism, including the most photorealistic CG talking animals we've ever seen, when there's nothing real about talking animals, period.
April 18, 2016
Clean, cleverly judged, and hypercontrolled. It represents, in short, the state of the art. Without disputing that, I would simply ask, What art?
April 15, 2016
This one has moments of undeniable splendor, but it hasn't uncovered enough new material in the stories to really justify the effort.
April 15, 2016
Just the bare necessities.
April 14, 2016
Studios are in the recycling business, and while this "The Jungle Book" is lightly diverting, it is also disappointing, partly because it feels like a pumped-up version of Disney's 1967 animated film, with more action and less sweetness.
April 13, 2016
The tone is an awkward mix of savage jungle naturalism and cuddly animal antics, and it only confuses things further when the filmmakers throw in a couple of songs from the original movie.
April 13, 2016
While cartoon panthers, bears and orangutans singing, dancing and fighting is the stuff of pure joy, watching lifelike animals do the same thing isn't nearly as pleasurable.
April 13, 2016
There were times during The Jungle Book when I was rooting for the tiger.
April 13, 2016
Jon Favreau draws heavily on his film's animated predecessor for plot, characterizations, songs, and set pieces, but doesn't know how to fit these familiar elements into his own coherent vision.
April 13, 2016
The better these talking beasts look, the more the film resembles a gorgeous screen saver. You admire The Jungle Book, but you can't lose yourself in it.
April 13, 2016
This remake's technical miracles are so impressive that, oddly enough, they end up being almost negligible, lost in a sea of confused decisions.