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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure

The magical world of C.S. Lewis' beloved fantasy comes to life once again in PRINCE CASPIAN, the second installment of THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA series.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 10
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5

Tween-friendly adaptation is darker than the first.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this sequel to the enormously popular The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has more dark moments than the first movie. It broods on the nature of deceit, greed, and hunger for power. It also has a brutal one-on-one swordfight (some of the shield slams may leave even adults cringing) and extensive battle scenes that are portrayed as bone-crunching, metal-clanging, sword-lancing riots. All of the main characters, except Lucy, are responsible for many enemy deaths. That said, it's all relatively blood-free: Though characters are pierced by arrows and swords and fall to the ground (many are injured, and some do die), little gore is shown besides the odd cut on the lip or cheek. Younger viewers may notice and be unsettled by the menacing tone throughout most of the movie -- including a scary appearance by the White Witch -- though it's relieved fairly frequently with funny asides from the characters. While not overt, the movie includes Christian imagery and allegorical storylines, and the characters learn clear moral lessons by the end.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about whether this film is faithful to the book -- both in spirit and in plot. What was changed? Why do you think the filmmakers strayed from the original story? Which do you like better, and why?
  • Why do you think Aslan is seen at first only by Lucy. Are there religious/Biblical overtones to her belief in him? What does he mean when he says "Nothing happens the same way twice"?
  • How do Caspian and Peter handle sharing leadership duties? Are they successful? If not, how do they resolve the issue?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Character depth and stirring subtext is what books are for. Adamson's Narnia adaptations remove all that pesky claptrap so that we can glide through a superficial reading.

- Ben McEachen, Empire Magazine Australasia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

4 stars

This is an excellent movie. A year has passed since the four children were in Narnia, but they are transported back to find that the Narnia they left has become extinct. They work with Prince Caspian, the rightful heir to Narnia to save the Narians from the evil Miraz. There are more fascinating creatures and battle scenes. I love the bear. Great story.

- thmtsang, Monday, January 16, 2012

1 star

It is such a sad thing to see that all the magic from the first film is nowhere to be seen here. Prince Caspian is clearly aimed for a bit older audience than the first. It is also way too serious for it's own good. Almost half of the film is just one long battle sequence without originality or any innovation. After thirty minutes all the swordfights just feels dull and boring. Maybe C.S. Lewis' second entry into world of Narnia did not offer for director Andrew Adamson as much ground to play with as the first one did. I truly hope that they will find the lost magic with the third film.

- emilkakko, Friday, October 14, 2011

4 stars

I think its a really pretty film with lots of cool characters deserving film just for each of their lives. Its good for kids, with a good battle at the end. I guess if you took it a step further you could read the books which are even better.

- rezpatriot, Friday, March 13, 2009