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

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common sense

ON for kids age 9
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 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: This honorable adaptation of C. S. Lewis's novel has much of the power and charm of the source.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, December 8, 2005

Fresh: It's a sturdy adaptation, and if The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe doesn't capture the magic of C.S. Lewis' books, it comes a fair sight close to catching it.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, December 9, 2005

Fresh: The Chronicles of Narnia is not a bad fantasy film. It's just not a great one.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, December 8, 2005

Audience Reviews

2 stars

it's okay it's boring in a lot of parts C

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Monday, October 18, 2010

2 stars

Don't like it. I'm not a fan of this kind of movie... too childish by the way.

- citawijaya, Friday, March 19, 2010

4 stars

Could be a children's Lord Of The Rings. Standouts are Mr Tumnus, Lucy and the White witch. Does tend to stray away from the book,

- smith44, Friday, February 5, 2010