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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
C.S. Lewis' timeless adventure follows the exploits of the four Pevensie siblings -- Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter -- in World War II England who 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... (Walt Disney Pictures / Walden Media)
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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

2005
Drama
Family/Kids
2h 23m
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Rated 03 Apr 2016
95
91st
Comparing Narnia to that *other* big fantasy franchise is easy, but unfair. This story is first and foremost a religious parable dressed in fantasy robes, and on that level, this adaptation is a rousing success. It actually manages to improve on the book with imaginative battle scenes and greater depth for each character. Highly enjoyable.
Rated 23 Aug 2014
45
15th
Three things: 1. If I ever enter a fantasy world and the first thing I meet is a faun, done. I'm out. 2. A college professor said that no one could make a movie out of Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, except they did and I liked it. This should've been better. 3. Aslan is only the third best Christ figure after Neo from the Matrix and Sean Penn from his own mind.
Rated 13 Apr 2008
92
96th
Not only does this stand out among the usual fantasy fare, but the detail is gorgeous, and Tilda Swenton (the White Queen) is amazing. Even the battle scenes were excellently choreographed.
Rated 17 Mar 2008
92
61st
Beautifully photographed, nicely acted. Great special effects, too, and I think it did a nice job of getting the theme and feel of the book to the screen, for the most part.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
83
88th
I really liked it. Sure, it's a kids movie, and sure, it has religious undertones, but you know both of those when you go to see it. I'm a kid at heart, and newly-religious, and thus enjoyed it for what it was.
Rated 14 Dec 2006
20
9th
Shameless addition to the latest fantasy craze. The worst of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings into one.
Rated 14 Apr 2014
100
98th
So this is not a tame movie. But in the words of Lucy, it is "good." Shrek director Andrew Adamson has deftly captured the thrill and splendor of Lewis' stories and preserved the essential allegory at the heart of Narnia. Lewis once referred to his Chronicles as a "trifle." I wonder, though, if he would still be saying that after seeing it brought to life like this and after pondering how much spiritual good his words have the potential of doing in the hearts of generations he never knew.
Rated 30 Aug 2011
87
62nd
A faithful and entertaining big-budget rendition of the classic C.S. Lewis book, one that successfully translates the wonder and magic of the book's iconic moments and avoids succumbing to the Disney logo's worst tendencies.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
94th
One of the great fantasy films, towers over most in the genre. A wonderful heartfelt tale.
Rated 29 Mar 2014
70
77th
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a good fantasy adventure film, especially considering it's aimed primarily at children. That it can be this good with its relatively safe screenplay and family friendly appeal is a testament to the source material and the filmmakers. It's exciting, action-packed, and has some interesting elements to it. It might not be a grand slam from start to finish, but for a 145-minute kids' film, it does its job very well.
Rated 26 Aug 2010
95
50th
This first movie in The Chronicles of Narnia movies based off of the book series portrays the book very well. I have read The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe three times in my eighteen years, and it is one of my favorite books. The director of this movie realy stayed true to the plot line and did not try to "hollywoodize" it by adding extras. This movie is high in moral integrity and I would recommend it to anyone.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
64
54th
It's a wonderful kids' movie, but because I'm not ten years old, I didn't get much out of it. Some good scenes, but it was trying to be an "epic" movie when the story is not complicated enough to hold a two-and-a-half hour length. It should have either been longer or shorter.
Rated 27 Nov 2006
45
26th
It's the Bible and the Bible is gay.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
58
22nd
Beautifully shot but with some rather indifferent special effects. The fundamental flaw with this adaptation is the pacing of the film, one feels it is weakly structured. Perfect for relatively young children but rather a disappointing affair for adults.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
38
23rd
As someone who never read the book this movie wasn't all that entertaining. The character progression felt very forced without any clear reasoning. The girls fell into the stereotype of crying all the time and Peter never really provided me with a feeling that he was a hero. The movie attempts to be far more epic than it really is and it shows.
Rated 13 Sep 2008
36
17th
Two years after Return of the King closed the LOTR series, Narnia appeared to fill the void of "annual Christmas fantasy movie based on classic books" that I'm sure we all felt the pain of through Winter '04. There's just one problem -- this one sucks. It tries so hard to be LOTR, and it's just weak in every aspect. The effects aren't great, the story is boring, the kids are annoying shits. The battles are alright, but this movie is blah. Like getting a knock-off for Christmas. It hurts.
Rated 29 Mar 2011
75
83rd
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe does for children's fantasy what Fellowship of the Ring did for the Lord of the Rings. Though far less ambitious, Narnia carries some captivating set pieces including a fantastic final battle in the film's tremendous third act.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
90th
Very good adaption of the book.
Rated 28 May 2010
65
55th
Liam Neeson voices a lion? Sold.
Rated 20 Dec 2006
72
48th
The second half was marred by generic and uninteresting epic battle scenes, but I genuinely enjoyed the discovery and wonder in the first half. Tilda Swinton is pretty chilling (no pun intended).
Rated 07 Oct 2009
52
16th
Never read the book, but this adaptation comes off as a ludicrous hodgepodge of myths and fairy tales, its epic pretensions dousing any potential charm. Why are these kids so important? I'm sure it was explained, but these child actors were so distractingly obnoxious it seems to have slipped past me. A forehead slappingly painful 140 minutes.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
20
10th
There was nothing I could attach myself to emotionally. I was basically thinking, "So what?" the whole time. Also, the film had a horrible color palette which made the otherwise spectacular CGI look much less impressive.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
50th
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
56
31st
Well, kids obviously love the hell out of this film, if the audience I saw it with is any indication (oh, and the box office numbers as well). It seems like this toned-down, very easy-to-swallow film has been made exclusively for them. Four of my cousins go the same elementary school, and they asked me to come along as a volunteer on their field trip to see this movie. It's not a bad effort by any means, but it's seriously lacking daring and vision.
Rated 23 Dec 2013
76
50th
With first-rate special effects and compelling storytelling, this adaptation stays faithful to its source material and will please moviegoers of all ages.
Rated 21 Sep 2010
66
51st
Fairly loyal to the source material, some really good CGI, but it is souless. Still its a worthwhile story and should be seen at least once.
Rated 12 Apr 2019
73
28th
Based off the iconic doctor who Christmas special, Santa gives weapons to children and then Aslan dies before actually doing anything.
Rated 22 Jun 2007
95
98th
While I did feel the Christian overtones a bit (perhaps because they were painstakingly pointed out beforehand), I nonetheless learned to take Narnia as a fantasy story and enjoyed it very much. The CGI is... there are no adjectives that would sufficiently describe how beautiful it is. I loved this movie.
Rated 20 Mar 2007
60
27th
Narnia isn't a bad movie, it's just so typical of a family fantasy movie that it's hard to really enjoy to the full level I think it could have been. It's often cheesy and never epic though it tries to be the entire way through.
Rated 10 Aug 2011
7
66th
A wonderfully faithful adaptation from the classic children's book. It's absolutely beautiful as well.
Rated 10 Oct 2012
65
33rd
This is a decent child fantasy movie. Narnia is a very interesting world. The look of the movie, as well as the story, is quite good.
Rated 18 Oct 2008
98
85th
I love this movie! The story and the world it revolves around is fascinating and every scene left me thirsty for more. This may be one of those movies where it's best NOT to read the book before watching, because I have heard that some CS Lewis readers left the theater dissapointed, but I never read the book and I love this movie!
Rated 28 Jun 2007
45
17th
Bits of good, bits of bad.
Rated 04 Feb 2009
25
28th
Whiny child actors conversing with glaringly obvious CGI fantasy creatures, with a piecemeal, fastforwarded version of the book's plot makes this movie a horrid piece of work. An obvious attempt to capitalize on the growing trend of fantasy books brought to the screen only without the effort made by the earlier ones.
Rated 27 Dec 2008
70
48th
I was a big fan of the BBC TV series, so I'm more open to letting the imagination fill the gaps in the occasionally dodgy CGI and costumes and the like. There are two central things to get right about TLTWTW, and they're casting Lucy and the Ice Queen right, which I think they did pretty well. Aside from that, it's not exactly spectacular, and obviously suffers comparison with LOTR, but it's not terrible. At the very least it might have inspired one or two kids to pick up the books
Rated 30 Jul 2009
65
59th
Fantasy movies really aren't my thing, but this film was pretty solid. Plus, the lion was voiced by Liam Neeson, who is pretty much the man.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
63
38th
Rushed and thematically underwhelming.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
93
98th
A great realization of C.S. Lewis' fabulous first book!
Rated 29 Dec 2021
82
49th
Tilda Swinton as the ice queen is worth the watch
Rated 01 Aug 2009
57
46th
It just lacks too much of the plot and inspiration from the books to be of the highest quality. That said, despite some dodgy performances from the kids involved, they are not as unwatchable as many child actors. There is plenty to admire, including some nice support performances and some lovely visuals. It may not be brilliant, but gets marks for effort.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
5
1st
Predictable, poor performance, CGI visible... I just can't suppres my dissapointment with this movie... totaly waste of time!
Rated 08 Sep 2009
80
74th
Well made.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
25th
Good, but not earthshattering...
Rated 30 Mar 2008
91
98th
One of the best book to movie transfers that i have ever seen. Great movie
Rated 26 Jul 2010
22
18th
Don't tell me I'm the only one who's noticed the parallel between Aslan and Fred Phelps. The religious right find a way of polluting everything, not even stopping at children's classics.
Rated 23 Jul 2008
58
33rd
Interesting, a lot better than prince caspian. The narnia books relly bored me. I wasn't expecting much, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Rated 26 Jul 2015
81
18th
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Rated 14 Dec 2020
70
53rd
A bright, lively adaptation. The design is great, colourful and fun, but the writing does better adding to existing material (up to the wardrobe) than it does when it attempts to fill gaps (from the beavers' onwards). Georgie Henley is unreasonably cute and absolutely steals the show, which is lucky for the eye-rolling Moseley and the underwhelming Aslan. An enjoyable family fantasy flick.
Rated 18 Nov 2012
72
51st
Enyojed it, but it was no big stuff.
Rated 20 Dec 2012
70
37th
Beautiful, engrossing movie. Best of the series. Not too heavy on Christian themes.
Rated 11 Nov 2007
100
86th
very good story, very long, but still great!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
88
60th
Closely follows the original book in tone and story, this movie would not have been able to have been made any time sooner. But amazingly, it is visually beautiful.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
48th
Great adaption of the classic novel! There is some cheesy acting, and bits of bad special effects but besides that this movie triumphs.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
0th
well made, but very weak story
Rated 14 Aug 2007
45
20th
I cannot say it was BAD but nothing interesting happens during most of the movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
92nd
i love this movie it's get goose bumps on your arms, cry your eyes out, fall in love with it movie!!
Rated 14 Dec 2008
40
21st
Great way to escape reality or for example: hangover.
Rated 01 Jun 2008
88
78th
Graphically stunning, absolutely gorgeous CGI, could not ask for a better mesh of reality and fantasy. Meets my criteria for an awesome movie.
Rated 20 Mar 2009
35
17th
"He said winter's almost over. You know what that means? - No more ice!" - Uhmmm... really? :O
Rated 14 Apr 2009
20
7th
What a crock. No one can act except Tilda and the effects are terrible. A complete waste of time.
Rated 23 Jun 2008
61
20th
It's okay, but there are to many weaknesses to be a great movie. Most of the actors performances are bad, it's to long and the story is to stereotypical.
Rated 21 Jun 2010
75
33rd
Purely mediocre. It had big Hobbit shoes to fill in the world of fantasy literature film, and it really didn't stack up. Read the books.
Rated 22 Feb 2024
80
62nd
Even with all of the overwrought religious symbolism throughout the film, Narnia is still a fun adventure between the forces of good and bad. It is the perfect movie for a young adolescent who is ready to see something with a bit more adult themes than they may be used to. Tilda Swinton as the White Queen is perfection. Liam Neeson is spot-on as the voice of Aslan. Jim Broadbent belongs in any movie based in the U.K. The kid actors were good. The special effects aren't great. It's a lot of fun.
Rated 16 May 2008
2
13th
Boring fantasy with some obnoxiously overt religious references.
Rated 05 Aug 2010
50
38th
setting. Thats why I even endured this film. I didn't like it much - I tried to.
Rated 28 Dec 2007
65
12th
Not very good. I didn't like the books to begin with and the movie was even worse. It tried to be an epic, in the vein of LOTR or Harry Potter, but it just failed. The characters are watered down; the loss of Aslan packs no emotional punch, nor is Tilda Swinton's character given enough time to fully develop into someone truly menacing. It's a shame, because she's such a skilled actress that had she been given the right role, she might have made this flat movie at least a bit engaging.
Rated 16 Nov 2010
100
97th
Incredible Movie(:
Rated 23 Jul 2023
35
27th
Saw one of these in theater don't know if it was this one or a later one in the series, don't remember it well
Rated 03 Sep 2012
62
22nd
Refreshingly old-fashioned, but strangely dull and listless fantasy film works better in its first half as a stately, polished, very British adaptation of the source material, before becoming a distressingly generic action extravaganza for its climax. Scene involving 'the passion of Aslan' also very difficult to take in the context of a children's movie. Child actors are a largely uncharismatic bunch, but voice over work is fine, and Swinton steals the film as the seductively evil White Witch.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
80
68th
Georgie Henley totally sells this film. Which is a good thing, because the rest of the children in it are unmemorable. Tilda Swinton is great, though, as is James McAvoy. The FX, though difficult, aren't as good as they could be.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
53
24th
Too simplistic and obvious in its approach to take seriously, lacking the subtlety and mystery to make this fantasy mesmerizing and interesting.
Rated 23 Aug 2015
60
26th
Surprisingly mediocre
Rated 25 Feb 2023
6
15th
Takes you on an imaginary adventure
Rated 18 Oct 2007
88
55th
Stays fairly acurate to the original, while still giving us some great acting and visual effects.
Rated 17 Sep 2007
65
45th
A good film for the family.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
80
58th
Wonderful adaptation of the book. There are a couple spaces where it drags a little and the white witch doesn't feel as insanely menacing as she should, but I was quite pleased.
Rated 16 Jan 2007
80
96th
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Rated 14 Aug 2007
60
32nd
It's harmless and may enchant the audience. However, with third rate production values, unrealistic sernarios even for a standards of a fantasy film, and dummied down theme, Narnia isnt the epic fantasy film it proably wanted to be.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
90
84th
Very adventurous and very good story.
Rated 14 Jan 2010
15
8th
Can someone please confirm for me, was there, or was there not a hippopotamus in the final battle scene?
Rated 17 Apr 2011
43
6th
Drumbeats are evil, and Jesus is a magical lion.
Rated 02 Sep 2011
45
21st
If anything I felt this was a disappointment. The redlettermedia team said it best in their Star Wars reviews about how bigger and betterer in terms of CGI don't make me care about the story or characters. And while C.S. Lewis did paint a beautiful land of Narnia in his books, the ultimate failing of the movie is that it seems to only do that a deliver the plot rather than making us care.
Rated 02 Jun 2013
100
95th
I love this one! Not just because of Anna Popplewell either.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
37th
Is it bad that I couldn't stop looking at the Faun's nipples?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
50th
The effects were good and the story was good. The acting was iffy and the writing was poor. I suppose I went into this expecting better and was let down. Still an enjoyable little film, just not up to the hype.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
37th
I find it to be painfully overrated. The visual effects are annoyingly cheesy, and so much of it was CG. The subtly of the book's religious tones are enhanced, and the movie blatantly bashes them into the skull of the viewer. There is a lack of fluid movement through the story, and instead, everything jumps rapidly from event to event with little downtime to allow for comprehension. It's like a little kid's Lord of the Rings, which I guess it's kinda supposed to be, so... Meh!
Rated 11 Jul 2008
20
3rd
A dreadfully dreary Christian parable from the mind of a man who wanted to brainwash everyone.
Rated 10 Jul 2008
83
41st
Mix between Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. But the actionscene's where not that good as in LOTR and the magic scene's where not that exiting as in Harry Potter. But gives a good shot and is enjoyable enough if you are open for it.
Rated 12 Sep 2009
60
47th
pretty accurate depiction of c.s lewis' classic. my only problem with it was their decision to rewrite the beginning. having the kids shipped off to the mean aunt just smacks of disney's ridiculous need to make sure everyone knows who the good people are and who the bad people are. in lewis' book, the children are sent away for the summer, and that's it. no mean aunt, quirky uncle, or what have you.
Rated 08 Jun 2009
70
0th
I cant understand what all the fuzz was about with this movie. It was pants!
Rated 07 Oct 2012
64
21st
the only highlight is to liam neeson's voice acting...
Rated 30 Aug 2007
80
49th
Very good adaptation of the classic series' first installment. Hope the quality continues with the next few.
Rated 18 Feb 2009
1
11th
This time Jesus isn't a lamb, he's a LION!
Rated 22 Jul 2008
75
40th
Pretty good fantasy film. It wants to be Lord of the Rings soooooo bad.
Rated 30 Aug 2015
95
63rd
During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. After coming back, she soon returns to Narnia with her brothers, Peter (William Moseley) and Edmund (Skandar Keynes), and her sister, Susan (Anna Popplewell). There they join the magical lion, Aslan (Liam Neeson), in the fight against the evil White Witch, Jadis (Tilda Swinton).
Rated 14 Apr 2008
52
41st
Way better than highly disappointed Golden Compass. But still a mediocrity kid movie. Good thing with this movie is that youngsters can find again classical Narnia books!
Rated 03 Aug 2007
62
10th
Lifeless and vaguely embarrassing.
Rated 05 Dec 2011
87
1st
liked it very much, it is sad, exciting, and scary .. recommend it 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
Rated 28 Dec 2008
45
21st
Looks good most of the time but the child actors are painfully bad and the story is a straight line full of clichés.
Rated 16 Sep 2008
33
42nd
Kun Tilda S. gør, at jeg gider se filmen. Børnene spiller så rødkindet-naivt at det gør helt ondt.

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