The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader Reviews

  • There's a businesslike, barrel-ahead determination to the proceedings, as if the players (and, in the bigger picture, the producers) were ticking off items on an agenda: three volumes down, four to go if Walden Media commits to the whole shebang.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • It's serviceable, but certainly not much fun.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's great to be back in Narnia.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader movie review at Boston Globe)

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • It's good to see the spirit of English craftsmanship alive, even if applied to ephemeral effects.

    Nick Pinkerton — Village Voice

  • A decent family adventure, perfectly suited to a cold Saturday morning -- and likely to be forgotten by Sunday.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • The visual splendor is still there, in moderate amounts.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Despite some rejiggering of the book's plot, it's a film that should please Narnia fans and, if it does well, may lead to the return of Eustace in the next installment, The Silver Chair. Here's hoping.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • Not quite a must-see, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is nonetheless a sturdy outing with many of the charms that have become franchise trademarks.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • This picture... mostly plays like a perfunctory cross between watered-down iterations of The Wind in the Willows and any Pirates of the Caribbean movie...

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • This is a rip-snorting adventure fantasy for families, especially the younger members who are not insistent on continuity.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The beguiling creature design -- from minotaur to dragon, sea serpent to one-footed dwarf -- and 3D effects heighten the illusion of a storybook coming alive.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • Unfortunately, between its ripsnorting beginning and moving finale, Apted's film sails into the doldrums.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • What kid hasn't dreamed of being a queen or king in another world?

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is still very much a "Narnia" movie. In other words, it's filled with fantastical creatures, bloodless battles, quasi-mystical undercurrents and an unfortunate helping of hooey.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The best thing about the film is neither the top-notch CGI nor the shallow moral lessons but the performance of Will Poulter as Lucy and Edmund's insufferable cousin Eustace Scrubb.

    Kerry Lengel — Arizona Republic

  • This f/x-heavy third adaptation of the Christian-themed fantasy series feels routine and risk-averse in every respect, as if investment anxiety had fatally hobbled its sense of wonder.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • Apted brings back a sense of the old-fashioned fun of the low-tech 1960s myths-and-monsters matinees, when no roiling sea ever failed to harbor a giant serpent -- and men stood in the bows of ships facing peril with chins of iron.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Discerning young people aren't likely to find Dawn Treader very challenging or engaging and the accompanying adults are certain to find it pretty bland fare...

    Bruce Demara — Toronto Star

  • Where the others aimed for greatness and missed, this one aims for middle-of-the-road and basically hits it.

    Eric D. Snider — Film.com

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