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

  • It entertains on all levels with a skillful blending of story and incredible visual effects.

    Julian Roman — MovieWeb

  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, by summoning C.S. Lewis' spirit, creates a different kind of spectacle -- a starry-eyed crusade.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • This honorable adaptation of C. S. Lewis's novel has much of the power and charm of the source.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • It's briskly directed for much of the way, though with no great individuality, by Andrew Adamson, a film-maker previously noted for his work in animation.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The Chronicles of Narnia is a faithful rendering of a magical tale that should hold adults' attention and delight young moviegoers.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Well told, handsome, stirring and loads of fun.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • The filmmakers make many compromises in the name of epic scope and box office appeal, but they can't bend this story out of shape, and they have Tilda Swinton on hand to spank anyone who tries.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • It may be as close to adult-friendly kid fare as Hollywood will ever get -- although that has more to do with narrative than family values. (Having read both Tolkien and Lewis aloud at bedtime, I can attest to the latter's superiority as a storyteller.)

    J. Hoberman — Village Voice

  • A generation-spanning journey that feels both comfortingly familiar and excitingly original.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • It's a sturdy adaptation, and if The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe doesn't capture the magic of C.S. Lewis' books, it comes a fair sight close to catching it.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • It has visual splendor, unsullied earnestness and a strong sense of holiday showmanship.

    Philip Wuntch — Dallas Morning News

  • To its credit and power, the film allows them a reach that exceeds any one religion's grasp.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Even the climactic fight between Peter's army of truth and the Witch's bevy of demons has an air of heraldic artifice, as if we were witnessing not a brawl to the death, red in tooth and claw, but an enamelled clash of ideas.

    Anthony Lane — New Yorker

  • The effects in this movie are so skillful that the animals look about as real as any of the other characters.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • 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.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • That's not to say this Wardrobe isn't worth climbing into. Only that along with the dollops of delight, a bit of disappointment awaits on the other side.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Andrew Adamson, the director of the Shrek movies, clearly feels great affection for the book and has taken pride in living up to the source.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It would be easy to brush off The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe as Lord of the Rings-light. Very light. But the film really isn't even that good.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The Chronicles of Narnia is not a bad fantasy film. It's just not a great one.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

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