The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
Four siblings -- Edmund (Skandar Keynes), Lucy (Georgie Henley), Peter (William Moseley), and Susan (Anna Popplewell) -- are sent from their London home to the country estate of an eccentric professor in order to ensure their safety during World War II. The house is very dull, except for a large, ornate wardrobe discovered by young Lucy during a game of hide-and-seek. Venturing inside of it in the hopes of finding a hiding place, Lucy is transported to a snowy alternate universe: a magical world called Narnia. The land is populated by talking animals and ruled over by the benevolent lion god… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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
"An entertaining, emotional, and surprisingly intimate movie."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"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
"So digitalized that the images start to suggest chintzy old superimpositions"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"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)
"Long may it roar."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"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
"Because it is a children's story about children it is occasionally a bit precious, but only occasionally. For the most part it is an extremely well-designed piece of fantasy that doesn't try to overwhelm the audience."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Once I ignored the religious aspects, it was a very good film..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A slow, cold first half is followed by a lively, sunny second half."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"There's no fire, no passion and not much fun."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"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
"Timeless classic faithfully rendered."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media
"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
"The bigger the scope gets, the less we really care."
‑ Steven Snyder, Zertinet Movies

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