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
Long may it roar.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
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
[Features] strong casting of mostly unfamiliar faces, a convincing family feeling among the four kids, solid storytelling and fluid interplay between the humans and four-legged creatures.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
Overlong, poorly paced and woodenly acted.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The hard-core may experience the thrill of recognition. But the rest of us can be forgiven a perfectly appropriate giggling fit.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
For sheer entertainment value, and the painless imparting of values about family, loyalty and bravery, this lion in winter roars loudly.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
What constant magic it works.
Rick Groen - Globe and Mail
It's magic, but not the loud, shiny kind: It has the texture of worn velvet, or a painstakingly hand-knit sweater stored away for years in tissue paper.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
An entertaining, emotional, and surprisingly intimate movie.
David Edelstein - Slate
On balance, more of the movie works than doesn't, but this isn't 140 minutes of unqualified successes.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
What is lightly sketched in the novel, where much is left to the imagination, blossoms into full-blown, richly detailed life in the movie.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
There's no fire, no passion and not much fun.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
This PG-rated movie feels safe and constricted in a way the story never does on the page. It leaves out the deep magic of a good movie, or a good sermon: the feeling that something vital is at stake.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
The movie remains faithful to the book in both tone and imagery.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
Neither as complex or grand as LOTR nor as accessible as Potter; still, if you can overlook the arch moralising, this is fine kids escapism.
Luke Goodsell - Empire Magazine Australasia
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Timeless classic faithfully rendered.
Cynthia Fuchs - Common Sense Media
So digitalized that the images start to suggest chintzy old superimpositions
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Once I ignored the religious aspects, it was a very good film...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Brian Gibson - Film School Rejects
The story never quite lives up to the grandeur of the visuals, and the narrative tends to drag, especially in the first half.
Steve Biodrowski - ESplatter
Appreciable is its willingness to tantalize with slow reveals, thus allowing its otherwise obvious religious readings to imbue themselves more fully into the unfolding narrative.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
It is marked by a peculiarly English celebration of the Church Militant. That noted, it's also a ripping yarn.
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
A slow, cold first half is followed by a lively, sunny second half.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
The bigger the scope gets, the less we really care.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
The good news is Director Andrew Adamson and gang have done an impressive job of adapting Lewis' admittedly simple and somewhat thin tale into a big scale motion picture, delivering impressive production values and few solid action sequences.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
Certainly a feast for the eyes; once the story moves to Narnia, the film is never dull to look at.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The Chronicles of Narnia joins the ranks of other fantasy classics ... in creating an amazingly believable fantasy world.
Felix Gonzalez Jr. - DVD Review
With its crisply told narrative, excellent production values and great ensemble cast [it] is one of the best big-budget spectacles Hollywood has released this year.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
This is a worthy opening salvo, a film that succeeds through the sheer weight of our expectations, and that won't disappoint younger audiences.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
It's an enjoyable adaptation and good enough for us to welcome this new franchise.
Ian Freer - Empire Magazine
It is spendthrift in budget yet cautious in style, steadfast in holding to Lewis's imagination yet timorous about using any of its own.
Stuart Klawans - Nation
Stuart Klawans - The Nation
My guess is that [it] will appeal to all of us in need of a jab of earnest, old-fashioned moralism to save the day
Jay Antani - Cinema Writer
Aslan = Jesus. Now you don't have to buy a ticket.
Michael Clawson - West Valley View
...an engaging and visually-stimulating adaptation of the first book of Lewis' immortal seven-part Narnia series.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
There's something giddily entertaining about watching married beavers bickering--without the usual Disney attempt at cuteness.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Feels like a retread of the Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings films without a stitch of personality.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Chronicles, with its wonderful sense of adventure and fast-paced storytelling, is among the best films of 2005.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
This gorgeous movie takes your breath away with its spectacular visual storytelling, but Tilda Swinton and Georgie Henley steal the show.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
The odds are quite good that you'd exit the movie theatre pretty much disappointed.
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
A fun and literate package.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
...a fascinating, visually compelling, and totally engrossing rendering of a well-loved classic.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
If the film has one outstanding characteristic, it is that it creates a genuinely palpable alternative universe, made all the more meaningful because it supposedly exists on the backside of our own.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Christian propaganda delivered in mildly entertaining vehicle
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Time wondering how the lion and witch got stuck in the wardrobe in the first place: 132 minutes.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
Narnia is a special film that trumps the Potter films in nearly every important aspect.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
It's easy to see why Disney chose to start with The Witch and the Wardrobe.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Si uno esta dispuesto a atravesar el ropero de la imaginacion, Narnia puede ser una magnifica aventura llena de magia, emocion y fantasia.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
The world of Narnia looks exactly as I had imagined it as a child.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
...effectively replicates the experience of reading Lewis' book.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Director Andrew Adamson's adaptation, the first in what is sure to be a series of films, brings it alive with a childlike sense of awe and wonder.
Mark Pfeiffer - Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a fable that captures a fully realized landscape of honor, love, sacrifice, betrayal and forgiveness
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
It's big-scale fantasy without the bombast.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Brilliant child actors eomtionally sell an effects-heavy but seamless and true adaptation of the beloved book.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The film is unfortunately uneven, with great moments followed by not-so-great moments.
Jeff Otto - IGN Movies
Viewers who enjoyed the LOTR threepeat should find similar compensations in this less ambitious undertaking.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
All the CGI in the world can't distract you from the idea that it's all a little bit silly, a children's story that works better on the page.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
Shooting in New Zealand is only one way in which this film mimics THE LORD OF THE RINGS. But somehow one never really cares much for the four children who generally just do the obvious.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Bloated, bland, boring stuff.
Bob Grimm - Sacramento News & Review
Magical images, a compelling story and solid acting.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
What movie would Jesus see this holiday season? God help us if it's The Chronicles of Narnia ... I'm surprised Mel Gibson wasn't hired to guest-direct the crucifixion scene.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
A lackluster screen adaptation of Lewis' novel.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Brings to life the rich cast of Lewis' mythical and allegorical characters in vivid detail, setting them against breathtaking landscapes.
Les Wright - culturevulture.net
Neither as clever as Harry Potter nor as epic as Lord of the Rings, but for the children's story it is, Narnia works.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Under the direction of Shrek's Andrew Adamson, the film is reasonably diverting...
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
A wonderful excursion that's alive with the imagination of fantasy literature and in tune with the beating heart of family cinema.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
The spectacle is worth seeing on the big screen and the story is timeless.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
This and "The Polar Express," side by side at your multiplex for many Decembers to come.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
It's easy to dispense with the religious undertones and simply have a grand time drinking in the adventure.
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
Behold the vision of Narnia!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Robust and well-acted, 'Narnia' comes across as a sanguine, blustery adventure.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
A faithful and exultant rendering of the classic children's fable. Bring on Prince Caspian!
David N. Butterworth - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The central conflict lacks the depth needed to articulate what is truly at stake; the characters are inadequately developed; and the story is little more than a heavy-handed Christian allegory.
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Leave it to the Bible to spoil a perfectly fine fantasy epic.
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
In some ways it is a very good picture, yet it also should have been better than it is...You can feel The Chronicles of Narnia trying too hard to be the Next Big Thing.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
It is exciting, a bit scary, offers some touches of humor and brings home a positive message about family, trust and faith.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
one of the year's standout films
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
The special effects are phenomenal, looking amazingly authentic.
Jamie Gillies - Apollo Guide
Narnia may thrill younger viewers but leave older ones wanting.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
If The Lord of the Rings is a shot of whiskey, then The Chronicles of Narnia is a glass of milk.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
As a broadside across the bow of Lord Jackson and his rampaging WETAns, this is a puny shot. And I'm still hungry.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
New Zealander Andrew Adamson clearly relishes the task, and in the spirit of Lord of the Rings, conjuring a fantasy world of talking beasts, giant armies, spectacular landscapes, terrifying dashes of humour and entire worlds to save from doom.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Narnia is a visually stunning, and very touching film for the family.
Emily Blunt - Blunt Review
A surprise. The movie is fantastic, with a depth of storytelling and character development that might just leave our Harry looking over his shoulder with a trace of concern.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
The biggest disappointment is Liam Neeson's voicing of Aslan, which has all the warmth and command of a public information film.
Robert Hanks - Independent
Ultimately, the story is too lazy.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
"You'll believe a beaver can talk!
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
A perfect melding of modern-day technology and old-fashioned storytelling.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
James Verniere - Boston Herald
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a rich and enjoyable cinematic treat.
Dean Essner - Future Movies UK
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
It's not as good as its competitors, which in this day and age is hard to do.
Jason Zingale - Bullz-Eye.com
The movie is OK, but it doesn't come close to the power of the book.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
El mundo creado por el autor, es recreado aqui de forma soberbia y majestuosa.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
4. Oreius and the rest of the centaurs break into a rousing rendition of "Day by Day" to motivate the troops.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
It's quite an array of fantastic visions that Adamson and the animators had to create, and the very scope and depth of their mission is impressive.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
It's more yawn-inspiring than awe-inspiring, especially for those who haven't read the book.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Descrever este filme como um O Senhor dos Aneis para criancas acabaria sendo uma ofensa tanto para a trilogia comandada por Peter Jackson quanto para os espectadores infantis.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The Chronicles of Narnia does indeed capture a certain wondrous, fantastical imagination inspired by C.S. Lewis' literary classics. But the film unfortunately also suffers from Lord of the Rings envy.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
I mean 'childlike' in the best sense, evoking a sense of awe and innocence in the face of challenges. This is art as well as entertainment and it operates at a sophisticated level.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
...a pleasant and safe cinematic experience for the whole family.
Paul Salfen - Supercala.com
Pat Robertson will clearly be surfing Fandango.
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
A loving interpretation of C.S. Lewis's beloved parable for children, and it's almost perfect in every detail.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
I know it's bizarre to say CGI beavers have more life to them than the humans who interact with the computerized creations, but it's true. The whole movie feels flat.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
If you love the book it is hard to imagine you not loving the movie, regardless of the ideological prism through which you view it.
Gregory Weinkauf - UberCine
Authentic, unclouded magic for youthful minds.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
As the rare offering that plays well to the entire family it's a welcome addition to this holiday season.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
The Chronicles of Narnia so vividly captures the magic of the book that Harry Potter might just want to watch his back.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
The climactic clash of zoological and mythological combatants is the stuff of my childhood fantasies made digitally simulated flesh: It's like 'Doctor Dolittle' as reimagined by Robert E. Howard.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Rarely has there been such a seamless blending of digital creations and live actors. ...a classy kick-off to what should be a highly rewarding series of fantasies.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
They are warriors, drawn into the sense that wars might solve problems, or at the least, beat them into submission.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
There is no one better than Tilda Swinton to play the White Witch.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
It's allegorical and imaginative, although literary subtlety is lost to the patently obvious.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
The obvious comparison is to 'Lord of the Rings' -- but when Peter Jackson creates the most awe-inspiring battle scene since Kurosawa, the bar is too high for Andrew Adamson.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Adamson seems more comfortable with animated characters than real ones.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
even if you must categorize Narnia as a Christian movie, it's many times better than any overtly Christian movie in recent memory.
Luke Y. Thompson - LYTRules.com
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe fares much better in its smaller, quieter moments that test the mettle and morality of its young heroes
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Enjoyable adaptation that looks fantastic and stays remarkably faithful to the novel, though it wobbles occasionally during the emotional scenes.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Adamson should stick to animated ogres. Narnia lovers should stick to their books.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Tilda Swinton... may be the scariest witch since Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Swinton and McAvoy, not to mention the legions of Lewis fans, deserved better than this. This is a not-so-promising start for what could become a classic series, given better scripts and more competent directors.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
Adamson knows how to give talking creatures heart, the special effects work but aren't overwhelming, and the basis is a classic for a reason. Try it on for size; you won't be disappointed.
Dean Essner - E! Online
No matter how brilliantly done they are, I hate talking animals. With that bias out of the way, even an Heathen like me enjoyed Narnia.
Michelle Alexandria - Eclipse Magazine
There's plenty to like.
Dave White - Movies.com
The kids are disastrous, except for Henley. Her irresistible crooked grin is a triumph over British dentistry. She makes Dakota Fanning look like a calculating android.
Tim Appelo - Seattle Weekly
It's a ripping yarn, full of narrow escapes, talking animals, marvelous sights and magical happenings that lead up to an epic battle between good and evil. The extensive CGI work is well used and the children are exceptionally well cast.
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Enchantment, adventure, sly humor, the beauty of the seasons, life lessons about responsibility, family and sacrifice all co-exist in this film in splendid harmony. The filmmakers have created a classic.
L.J. Strom - Boxoffice Magazine
The result is mostly engaging, but rarely soars or sings with imagination, poetry, whimsy or the sort of surprise that can take your breath away.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The film fares better when it gives itself over to pageantry and action -- which come in copious quantities -- and to the pantheon of gorgeously rendered, hyper-realistic CGI beasties.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
The film seems more like a Saturday at the movies than a magical event, but that doesn't mean that it's not a well-rendered version of Lewis' endearingly slender novel.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
Adamson's touch is rather pedestrian, as if he didn't have the confidence to let Lewis' tale soar.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Too bad Narnia itself has such a petrified feel. Here's hoping that as the series grows, its emotional component grows with it.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Is, and was probably specifically designed, to be Lord of the Rings-Lite
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
It's a work of profound ambition, and, in adapting it for the screen, the makers of The Chronicles of Narnia don't shy away from its demands.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
It can be a good thing, St. Paul tells us, to put away childish things. But it is sometimes an even better thing to pick them up again.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The Chronicles of Narnia is off to an impressive start as another classic of myth and fable comes to entertaining life on the big screen.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
One only wishes the movie had been rendered more artfully. The dialogue is impossibly clunky, the characters are completely one-dimensional, and the magic is all too mechanized to allow anyone over the age of 8 or 9 to believe in Narnia.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The perennial children's classic by C. S. Lewis has been lovingly, thrillingly, enchantingly, brilliantly brought to screen in this flawless adaptation.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
I was less than thrilled with the prospect, after seeing the film's mediocre trailer, of spending two plus hours with "The Chronicles of Narnia." But, boy, am I glad I did.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
A surprisingly ordinary affair, slow to get going and only occasionally reaching the level of true spectacle.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
Spiritual redemption is a big theme of Narnia, but on a purely entertainment level, the movie also goes a long way in redeeming the current sad state of children's fantasy filmmaking.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
This Lion is king.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
By the end of Narnia, I felt like I was retaught a lesson I had long since learned instead of living the dream of a new discovery. Suitable in that there are clearly no small metaphors, only small movies about those metaphors.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
For Narnia fans and for those who dig the mixture of animation and human beings.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
[W]arm, sweet, funny, scary, magnificent, gorgeous, expansive, intimate, but mostly completely and utterly charming. And I mean Charming with a capital C, charming like the movie invented the concept...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Fans of CS Lewis's book can rest easy.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
The fantasy aspect is merely a vehicle for another purpose, [and] it underdevelops character motives as a result.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
The film works on just about every level. Narnia has grandeur, imagination, mostly believable special effects, a war-of-the-world battle, heart and teary-eyed heartbreak.
Bob Longino - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
The many moments of sacrifice, resurrection, and Judas-like betrayal feel like they're from another film, and not one with talking beavers and fur coat-clad heroes.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Too much, too nice, too boring.
John Anderson - Newsday
It's gorgeous and amazing, sure, but money can't buy emotional connection, and that's what it needs so badly.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Adamson ushers us into Narnia with an unexpected feel for realism and honest characterization, which works both for and against the film.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Expect your heart -- and the hearts of your children -- to soar.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
This movie cannot be dismissed, like preachy 'Christian films,' as religious propaganda. ... It is best enjoyed as a symphonic and delightful fantasy.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
Whenever it allows the whimsy of its source material to shine through, it takes on a pleasant life of its own.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
By staying focused on the children -- frightened evacuees from the London Blitz whose parallel war in Narnia both taps into and finally quiets their unspoken terrors -- Adamson keeps faith with the humanity of Lewsis' tale.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Watching The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is like being told a terrific story by a so-so storyteller.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
The movie does this quite well, and it also has an engaging young heroine in Henley, who could not be more charming and natural.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
...manages to at once unleash Lewis' grandiose fantasy and corral it.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
This is one of the most boring stories ever told in any format... If this is the truncated movie version, how redundant was the book?
Fred Topel - About.com
This almost-epic adventure directed by Andrew Adamson ("Shrek") is nothing to cringe at even if it does have flaws.
Jeffrey Bruner - Des Moines Register
There's no hideous beast or CGI landscape rendered here that can compare with what lurks in the mind of even the dullest, least imaginative child.
Chris Barsanti - Filmcritic.com
Grown-up children who remember our own travels in Narnia will find that many of the details resonate beautifully.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Hoping for franchise success by visual association with other movies, no matter how great the mimicry, steals too much heart and spirit from this beloved children's classic.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
this could be considered Disney's bloodless version of The Passion, but couching these lessons of sacrifice and forgiveness in a magical world where animals talk and fauns frolic was an inspired way to appeal to the child in all of us
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It achieves an overall epic sweep most movies don't even dare to attempt.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The Chronicles of Narnia proves, sometimes, talking animals are not funny. Sometimes, they are waging a holy war, and Santa Claus is giving kids weapons for Christmas.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Populated with talking beavers and mythological creatures that, cast in a Christian parable, should probably watch their asses.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A grandly successful fantasy. Practically flawless casting, bewitching storytelling and impressive visual effects bring the beautiful, troubled land of Narnia to life.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Though Adamson lacks Lewis' storytelling confidence...The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe still comes across as a quirkily diverting children's entertainment.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
It's the best of both worlds: a spiritually faithful hymn that can be sung along to by those who already know the words, and tapped along to by those who just dig the music.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
The film wishes it was Lord of the Rings. It's not. Where's the thrill that leaves you waiting for Prince Caspian? Nowhere.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Magical and marvelous ... cross between the story of Jesus and The Lord of the Rings.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
A bloated, cumbersome, overlong misfire.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
One's left with the gnawing suspicion that while it's a decent adaptation that should satisfy fans of the books, it really belongs on the Hallmark Channel.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Lord of the Rings and Passion of the Christ in one movie. Narnia (the film) exceeds LOTR (the film) in character expression and depth, but drags some in pace.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
...an overlong, bloated, and surprisingly stale venture into yet another wondrous world that is better left to the written page and our overactive imaginations.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
Lewis' fantasy is beautifully realised in a vast array of colourful characters and majestic scenery.
Stella Papamichael - BBC
for those children old enough to endure the violence, this is a masterpiece of fantasy literature come to life
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is a weighty children's story about how children make the transition into young adults during a time of crisis.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A brave attempt, if a little on the safe side.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Despite its overarching Christian themes, Narnia delivers an entertaining yarn.
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
This doesn't depend on the special effects even though the special effects are first rate.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
It doesn't just live up to its source material, it surpasses it by finding nuances in the story that C.S. Lewis didn't.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
To say that it's all more than a bit simplistic and heavy-handed would be a severe understatement.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
A visually impressive adaptation of C. S. Lewis's classic tale, which unfortunately slights the forgiveness theme in favor of a big battle scene led by a not-very-Christlike Aslan the lion.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
For a journey into a mystical land, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is oddly awkward and stale.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
One of the most magical effects… isn't rippling computer-generated fur, ice castles, or battle scenes. It's the wide-eyed wonder and delight on the face of little Lucy Pevensie (Georgie Henley) as she passes beyond the wardrobe…
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Not only does Adamson do right by C.S. Lewis' beloved book, but he sets the stage for a very promising new franchise.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
The filmmakers have gone for broke, combining spectacular imagery and rousing energy. Although it's perhaps a bit overdone.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
After his splash with the hit animataion Shrek, Adamson makes an ambitious leap with his big-screen adaptation of Lewis' beloved book, a special-effects fare that succeeds in keeping its intimate family tale.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Nothing short of wondrous!
Staci Layne Wilson - Fantastica Daily