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The Jungle Book

Adventure . Drama . Fantasy . Family

An orphan boy is raised in the Jungle with the help of a pack of wolves, a bear and a black panther.

Actors: Neel Sethi , Idris Elba , Ben Kingsley , Bill Murray , Scarlett Johansson , Christopher Walken , Lupita Nyong'o , Giancarlo Esposito , Garry Shandling , Jon Favreau
Directors: Jon Favreau
Country: UK , USA
Release: 2016-04-15
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  • Sarah Ward

    Conjuring up a serving of visual magic is one thing, of course; bringing Kipling’s characters and narrative to life is another.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Joe Walsh

    While there is the odd bum note, The Jungle Book is an immersive, visually breathtaking family adventure and a welcome addition to their new spate of live-action reimaginings.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Favreau’s film is a sincere and full-hearted adaptation that returns to Kipling for fresh inspiration, but also knows which elements of the animation are basically now gospel, and comes up with a respectful reconciliation of the two.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

    Maintaining the buoyant heartbeat beneath all the digital flash, Favreau never loses sight of the fact that he’s making an adventure story for children.

    Variety Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    It’s a testament to the total-immersion powers of The Jungle Book, from its visual splendors to its sound design, that the seams never show; even more impressive is the film’s use of its craft not merely to dazzle us but also to further its dramatic agenda.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Even as the drama and its treatment become increasingly conventional and familiar as the film moves toward its patly (and arguably overly) audience-pleasing wrap-up, the exceptional visual quality and lifelike animal renditions remain stunning throughout.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    The strikingly realistic scenery is dappled with color, light and shadow to create dramatic stages for masterful character animations— if only the story played out on this impeccably-realized fantasy had the same persuasive command.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The new production, computer-animated except for a living, breathing boy at the center of the action, isn’t pretty or sweet but utterly stunning, as well as very funny; all those vaudeville antecedents haven’t been forgotten.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Randy Cordova

    Thanks to the nicely layered characters and a near-perfect mix of action and merriment, the movie feels wonderfully vivid and alive.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    This may be Favreau’s best achievement — taking a beloved film guided by Walt Disney himself and crafting something distinct and memorable.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    In every way, this quietly majestic film should be considered a triumph. Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The Jungle Book is a tender and rollicking fable that manages to touch on some grown-up themes about man’s destructive power and the loss of youthful innocence without losing sight that it’s first and foremost a gee-whiz kids adventure.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It’s mind-boggling that this entire thing was shot on soundstages using greenscreens. Favreau’s jungle feels like a real place, but it’s heightened and stylized and it feels like a perfect fit for the talking animals who make up the majority of the cast.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    By turns sweetly amusing and surprisingly unnerving, crammed with story, song and computer-generated visual splendors, it's such a model of modern crowd-pleasing entertainment that it brings to mind a celebrated quote by F. Scott Fitzgerald about filmmakers who were "able to keep the whole equation of pictures in their heads."

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    If only all blockbusters could be this exciting, engrossing, and beautiful.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    This “Jungle Book” could give remakes a good name.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Kate Taylor

    Director Jon Favreau (Iron Man) is highly adept at having his cake and eating it, too, throughout the film, wowing audiences with effects and amusing them with talking animals, all the while insisting The Jungle Book is a difficult story about a human whose presence threatens to disrupt the jungle’s peace.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The well-composed movie directed by Jon Favreau and written by Justin Marks takes us beyond the 1967 cartoon and, in some ways, beyond Kipling.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    A visual marvel that cuts a direct path to the heart.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Filmed with dynamism and propulsive, energetic flair, The Jungle Book allows viewers the vicarious pleasure of sidling up to magnificent (sometimes mangy) beasts as if they were household pets.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    Thanks to director Jon Favreau’s visionary guidance and some of the most impressive blends of live-action and CGI we’ve yet seen, The Jungle Book is a beautifully rendered, visually arresting take on Rudyard Kipling’s oft-filmed tales.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Thankfully, the usual Disney cutesy factor is relatively low, and the script by Justin Marks is more literate than usual for this sort of thing. There are even some end credits that, for a change, are actually funny.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    The Jungle Book could use better lighting and less of John Debney's musical score insisting each moment be melodically underlined twice. Still, it's a movie to thrill and perhaps inspire kids to play Mowgli games again. Not outside, of course. Now there's an app for that.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

    It’s a marvel of filmmaking created from nothing (and one of the more meaningful uses of 3D in recent memory as well), and Favreau stages one scenic tableau after the next with uncommon skill.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Somehow this Jungle Book works, because Favreau has both a sense of humor and a sense of spectacle.

    Time Full Review
  • Bob Mondello

    All of which is to say that most of the real world challenges that Leo DiCaprio faced in "The Revenant," 10-year-old Neel Sethi faces plenty persuasively in The Jungle Book's digitized world.

    NPR Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    The film is a triumph of technology and safe “family” storytelling. It’s dazzling — almost no one will dislike it.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Favreau's family-friendly fable, a blend of old-school storytelling charm and new-school animation techniques.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    A terrifically enjoyable piece of old-fashioned storytelling and a beautiful-looking film: spectacular, exciting, funny and fun.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    This Jungle Book has the bare necessities, and then some.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    The studio’s 1967 version of Kipling’s classic tales (the current film qualifies as a remake of sorts) softened the source’s edges a bit, but it offered a New Orleans jazz-infused score unlike anything in the company’s previous animated features. The new Jungle Book retains the two best songs, although their inclusion may strike the unfamiliar as clunky and unexpected.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    For the most part, the movie finds a family-friendly balance between stunning scenery, hold-your-breath action and animals having goofy conversations with each other.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Well-made and deserves recognition as one of the year’s best family offerings (thus far).

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Molly Eichel

    It's the living jungle of Kipling's stories that we could once see only in our minds.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Director Jon Favreau's voice cast for the animals is tiptop.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Probably no studio mulls its “brands” as obsessively as Disney does, and The Jungle Book is very much a careful, calculated brand extension, not a reinvention. But that’s just fine: What better lesson to teach kids than respect for what came before you?

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    The chief attraction of the film is the ersatz India created by the pixel pushers at special effects houses WETA Digital and the Moving Picture Company.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    The vocal performances are spot-on, with Murray a standout as the slyly manipulative but ultimately courageous Baloo.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Favreau and Marks’ version is surprisingly daring in its use of violence, and its physical and emotional darkness. It’s also creative, occasionally in bizarre and colorful ways.

    The Verge Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Special effects take pride of place in Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book, an adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Mowgli stories that is as technically accomplished as it is thinly conceived.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    It’s a delightfully-executed technological wonder, which is exactly the expectation of the moment.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Brian Roan

    For pure spectacle alone this film is well worth the ticket price. Its visuals are so undeniably convincing and intricate that the sheer wonder of how they achieved any of this will be enough to distract — from the story’s missteps and even the film itself.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    Has the bare necessities, but not much more.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    Favreau’s Jungle Book is at its best in moments of visual splendor; when his camera pulls back to admire the sweep of the CGI foliage or yet another dazzling computer creation wanders into frame. Those images have a clarity that the rest of the movie often lacks.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    Wonderful to look at, this is a more adult, more complex affair than its animated, and more entertaining, forebear. Still, it’s Disney’s best live-action adaptation yet.

    Empire Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    Of the two attempts, I still prefer the one from my childhood.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    While this The Jungle Book is lightly diverting, it is also disappointing, partly because it feels like a pumped-up version of Disney’s 1967 animated film, with more action and less sweetness. It also feels strangely removed from our moment.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The Jungle Book has its moments — the panther Bagheera voiced by Ben Kingsley, the python Kaa voiced by Scarlett Johansson and a funny porcupine voiced by the late Garry Shandling are all memorable creations — but the overall film feels cold and mechanical, befitting a movie that was made primarily because technology made it possible.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Sam C. Mac

    Jon Favreau draws heavily on his film's animated predecessor for plot, characterizations, and more, but doesn't know how to fit these familiar elements into his own coherent vision.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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