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75

Metascore

Based on 39 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
100
A movie of intelligence and power, of beauty, universality and largeness of spirit.
100
New York Daily News
A generation-spanning journey that feels both comfortingly familiar and excitingly original.
100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The picture goes exactly where the prose does, enticing all of us, kids and adults and atheists and believers alike, down below the brittle surface of our cold logic and into a richer world of imaginative wonder.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
What is lightly sketched in the novel, where much is left to the imagination, blossoms into full-blown, richly detailed life in the movie.
75
Entertainment Weekly
The movie, for all its half-baked visual marvels, remains remarkably faithful to Lewis' story, and the innocence of his passion begins to shine through. It's there, most spectacularly, in Aslan, the lion-king messiah.
75
An engaging and exciting family film that at times feels a bit like "The Lord of the Rings Jr."
75
This is a film situated precisely on the dividing line between traditional family entertainment and the newer action-oriented family films. It is charming and scary in about equal measure, and confident for the first two acts that it can be wonderful without having to hammer us into enjoying it, or else. Then it starts hammering.
75
The extensive CGI work is well used and the children are exceptionally well cast, especially the girls.
70
Wall Street Journal
That's not to say that this first visit to a live-action Narnia on screen isn't enjoyable, or promising for the future of what will surely be a successful franchise. But there's not a lot of humor along the way, and the epic struggle between good and evil plays out in battles more impressive than thrilling.
63
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.
63
Philadelphia Inquirer
The menagerie of mythological beasties in Narnia don't seem quite genuinely, three-dimensionally real.

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