Box art for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

action & adventure, children & family


Prepare to enter another world when Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media invite you to experience C.S. Lewis' timeless and beloved adventure as never before.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    76%
  • Audience Score
    61%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sex
0 out of 5
Violence
3 out of 5

Timeless classic faithfully rendered.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the film has some sad, scary, and violent scenes for a PG film. The movie begins with a bombing during the Blitz in London. The children are separated from their mother, which could upset some younger audience members. There are other sad scenes where animals die -- including principle characters. A friendly fox is chased and caught by a pack of wolves, who also chase the children. A witch yells at a young boy, chains him in prison, and stabs him. She also abuses her servant, stabs her enemies with a sword that turns them to stone, martyrs the lion, and leads troops into battle. The children learn to fight, then engage in hand-to-hand combat and sword fighting; one sister shoots an enemy with an arrow. There is a pitched battle with deaths and grave injuries. While not overt, the movie includes Christian imagery (a martyred, Christlike lion, a rebirth from magic water) and allegorical storylines.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the bonds among the four siblings, as they comfort and provoke one another while away from their mother and fearful about the war. How is Narnia a fantasy born of this combination of supporting one another and concern about their future? How do the animals and creatures in Narnia represent different aspects of the children's daily lives -- their courage, fear, and desires?
  • Families might also discuss the Christian iconography in the film.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh:

- Stephen Rowley, In Film Australia, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

While this first entry into the world of Narnia by Andrew Adamson is far more accomplished as a fantasy-film than any of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings or many of Harry Potters, it still is a bit uneven. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe begins brilliantly and the best part of it is the first magical hour. After that when the story gets into more serious waters and turns into war between good guys and bad guys, it loses some of it's magic. Still there is no denying of the visual power of Adamson's images. He is a director who certainly knows how to make epic fly. The climatic battle is one of the greatest battle sequences created in a recent years. Young cast succeeds well enough to keep us interested in their fate and Tilda Swinton is perfect as a ice-cold queen who wants to rule whole kingdom of Narnia. All in all this suitable entertainment for anyone over 7-years and it is well made also. It might not be anything special but it delivers to entertain and is certainly a must see for fantasy fans.

- emilkakko, Monday, December 12, 2011

4 stars

Good storytelling movie. Saw it when I was 16 and still thought it was cool, it must be awesome for a little kid.

- fb729949618, Tuesday, August 9, 2011

4 stars

Good storytelling movie. Saw it when I was 16 and still thought it was cool, it must be awesome for a little kid.

- fb729949618, Tuesday, August 9, 2011