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

4 stars

Visually stunning and thoroughly well-played acting and plot. The first film of the Narnia saga was something more than expected. 4.5/5

- fb1442511448, Friday, July 27, 2012

4 stars

Powerful, epic, and suitably touching, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe deftly balances Christian themes with humor, family issues, and intense, well-executed action sequences. Overall, a must-see, well-done fantasy film that can be watched over and over.

- fb100000293612769, Sunday, April 20, 2014

3 stars

Nice visuals

- superclerk25, Monday, March 19, 2012