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The four Pevensie siblings in World War II England enter the world of Narnia through a magical wardrobe while playing a game of 'hide-and-seek' in the rural country home of an elderly professor. Once there, the children discover a charming, peaceful land inhabited by talking beasts, dwarfs, fauns, centaurs and giants that has become a world cursed to eternal winter by the evil White Witch, Jadis.
Adventure Fantasy - This is a fantasy adventure film, but unlike The Lord of the
Rings films, one that is distinctly pitched toward a child and
family audience. With its talking animals and scaled-down violence,
the film has a much younger appeal.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Good Some scenes in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (such as the one featuring Father Christmas) are childish. Others (which I will not mention here to avoid providing spoilers) are poignant. The film's central tragedy is handled with sensitivity, and tears will flow.
Roger EbertFull Review Good 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,...
USA TodayFull Review Good Though it drags in parts, particularly in the protracted clashes between odd-looking creatures, The Chronicles of Narnia is a faithful rendering of a magical tale that should hold adults' attention and delight young moviegoers.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 209 moviegoers: FANTASTIC OPINIONS! I love high opinions like this because it makes my job of helping you decide if YOU will enjoy this movie, much easier. YES, YOU WILL ENJOY "THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA." I can say this with such confidence because virtually no one disliked this movie and it received such a large percentage of extremely high opinions. DON'T MISS "THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA." IT'S A "MUST SEE" OF THE BIG SCREEN!
Four young adventurers, Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter, playing hide-and-seek in the country home of an old professor stumble upon an enchanted wardrobe that will take them places they never dreamed. Stepping through the wardrobe door, they are whisked out of World War II London into the spectacular parallel universe known as Narnia— a fairy-tale realm of magical proportions where woodland animals talk and mythological creatures roam the hills. But Narnia has fallen under the icy spell of a mad sorceress, cursed to suffer through a winter that never ends by the White Witch Jadis. Now, aided by Narnia's rightful leader, the wise and mystical lion Aslan, the four Pevensie children will discover their own strength and lead Narnia into a spectacular battle to be free of the Witch's glacial enslavement forever.