The Jungle Book Reviews

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December 19, 2016
It's the very rare remake that's actually better than the original. The Jungle Book is that rarity. [Full review in Japanese]
April 21, 2016
The latest incarnation of The Jungle Book -- almost half a century after Disney's much-loved musical cartoon -- is a stunner.
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 17, 2016
This new Jungle Book, upon closer inspection, may not have what it takes to survive. Still, right now, it looks wonderfully fit.
April 17, 2016
The Jungle Book is well-made and deserves recognition as one of the year's best family offerings (thus far).
April 16, 2016
By the time its evolution is complete, The Jungle Book has proven itself a minor Darwinian miracle, perhaps the oddest of all species: a movie nearly devoid of human beings, yet one bursting with humanity.
Top Critic
April 16, 2016
Most of the real world challenges that Leo DiCaprio faced in The Revenant, 10-year-old Neel Sethi faces plenty persuasively in The Jungle Book's digitized world.
April 15, 2016
The computer-generated effects are extraordinary; the jungle and its menagerie of beasts and critters looks positively lifelike.
April 15, 2016
The movie is an odd beast: A powerful exploration of the cruelty of nature in which the animals occasionally break into song.
April 15, 2016
A visually stunning and highly dramatic movie that pays only brief homage to the music of its predecessor and whose threatening characters and scary moments would surely have given Walt the heebie-jeebies.
April 15, 2016
A film that will be celebrated, and rightly so, as one of the year's best family films. It's the rare remake that gets things right, and Favreau makes this "Book" a genuine page-turner.
April 15, 2016
The reason to go see Favreau's The Jungle Book, instead of just watching the animated one with your cubs, is how gorgeous the jungle looks.
April 14, 2016
It's one of the few films in which the 3D enhancement is justified. Each scene captures the essence of each animal so vividly that children in the audience were reaching out to the screen to try to "touch" the fur.
April 14, 2016
"The Jungle Book" is the kind of family film calculated to make even those without families wish they had one to take along.
April 14, 2016
The new Jungle Book proves movie technology still has the power to create a sense of wonder.
April 14, 2016
The plot is episodic, sewing together several tales by Rudyard Kipling, yet Favreau skillfully covers up the seams by increasing the pressure from Shere Khan.
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 14, 2016
The film itself is technically innovative while also being thoroughly, satisfyingly traditional.
April 14, 2016
Walt Disney Studios' splendid new version of The Jungle Book is utterly charming, absolutely gorgeous and perhaps too terrifying for the youngest and most impressionable children.
Top Critic
April 14, 2016
Though darker in tone, and more suitable for older kids, Disney's new take retains the undeniably fun spirit of the earlier film.
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