Here’s What Critics Are Saying About ‘The Jungle Book’

Out This Weekend: ‘The Jungle Book’
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Mowgli, Baloo and Shere Khan are invading theaters this weekend! Check out what the experts think of Disney’s new film.

Continuing their impressive crusade to turn classic animated films into live-action features, the House of Mouse is releasing the star-studded CGI dazzler The Jungle Book this weekend. So it looks terrific, but is it any fun? This is what the critics are saying…

“Favreau’s Jungle Book fills us with something rare in movies today – a sense of wonder.”

-Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]

The Jungle Book is one of the stronger of Disney’s live-action adaptations. It’s a true family-friendly adventure that’s smart and often thrilling.”

-Lindsey Bahr [Associated Press]

“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.”

-Joe Morgenstern [Wall Street Journal]

“Like all classic Disney productions, The Jungle Book possesses its share of fear, suffering and loss. But somehow the audience comes out whistling – in this case, with joy and quite a bit of awe.”

-Ann Hornaday [The Washington Post]

“Favreau’s fundamental decency and relatively light touch serve him well. He has a knack for straight-ahead pacing and for tightening the screws (the movie is 81 percent life-and-death peril and 19 percent comic relief) without being maniacal about it.”

-Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]

“Might lack the post-vaudeville razzamatazz of its predecessor, but director Jon Favreau and a team of effects wizards plunge us into one of the big screen’s most engrossing artificial worlds since Avatar.”

-Alonso Duralde [TheWrap]