Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book
Want to See
Not Interested
Rate it ½ star
Rate it 1 star
Rate it 1½ stars
Rate it 2 stars
Rate it 2½ stars
Rate it 3 stars
Rate it 3½ stars
Rate it 4 stars
Rate it 4½ stars
Rate it 5 stars
Twenty-seven years after turning one of Rudyard Kipling's best known works into a successful animated musical, Disney returned to the same source material for this live-action adventure, which hews slightly closer to the original source material. Mowgli (Sean Naeleli) is the five-year-old son of a wilderness guide who accompanies his father on a hunting expedition in the jungles of their native India. Mowgli becomes close friends with a British girl named Kitty (Joanna Wolff), whose parents commissioned the hunt, but when a tiger attacks their camp and kills Mowgli's father, the boy is… More

Available Online

Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A full-throttled, technically superb adventure - with more bite than most Disney live-action fare - that offers some winning moments but, ultimately, isn't as involving as it needs to be."
‑ Brian Lowry, Variety
"A chaste teen-age love story with an ecological sensibility and some terrific scenery."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Excellent live-action adaptation. Thrilling adventure with classic heroes and villains."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"Sommers would have done better if he had spent more time on character development (including some of the animal characters) and less on turning Mowgli into Indiana Jones. In some ways, this is as cartoony as the '67 version."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"Through skillful training and handling, the use of dozens of animals and, no doubt, prodigious editing, these creatures really do commune with the audience."
‑ Hollis Chacona, Austin Chronicle
"Kipling purists may not cotton to Disney's new live-action version of The Jungle Book, but it's hard to think of anyone else who won't be enchanted."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"The narrative shifts from romance to adventure the way Cheetah used to hop from foot to foot, but Sommers nevertheless delivers a bully family picture."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Boasts a hero who has a mystical rapport with animals."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Putting Kipling's name over the title is gross mis-representation. The pity is that such care was taken with the visual aspects of a film so betrayed by the scripting."
‑ Mark R. Leeper, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Scott Lee is an unexpectedly appealing hero, partly because he's never indulged, and his dialogue is kept to a minimum."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The special effects are convincing, the performances are forthright, and the direction, by Stephen Sommers, recalls his energetic, lighthearted "The Adventures of Huck Finn" (1993)."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A serviceable adaptation, but nowhere near as whimsical as the animated version."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"The technical aspects of the film are impressive. The cinematography is lovely."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
More reviews for Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book on Rotten Tomatoes

More Like This

The Jungle Book
88%