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The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

children & family, sci-fi & fantasy


Return to the magic and wonder of C. S. Lewis' epic world in this third installment of the beloved Chronicles of Narnia fantasy-adventure series.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    49%
  • Audience Score
    58%

common sense

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

Engaging third Narnia adventure is fun for tweens and up.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that the third Chronicles of Narnia installment is, like its predecessors, a tween-friendly fantasy adventure. In general, you can expect the same level of special effects-heightened battles/violence and minor language as Prince Caspian. While there's little inappropriate content for older elementary-schoolers and up, younger kids may be frightened by a few scenes with a giant sea serpent and others set on an island where people are routinely sacrificed. Like all of the adaptations based on C. S. Lewis' classic books, there are some mild allusions to Christianity, though nothing overtly religious is said (Aslan does reference the "other name" he's called in the regular world). The film offers positive lessons about collaboration, selflessness, and overcoming personal doubts and fears, and the three central kids all grapple with self-worth issues that will be very relatable for tweens. Note: The movie's 3-D images add to the intensity of a few action sequences, particularly the battle with the giant sea snake.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about how each of the main characters was tested and tempted and yet came out victorious. What insecurities did each of them overcome? What is the movie's message about pride and beauty?
  • For those who've read the books, how faithful is the film to the story?
  • Why do you suppose the Pevensies can't return to Narnia once they've grown up? What is it about getting older that makes your time in Narnia come to an end?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

From all the Narnia film adaptations The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is most accomplished so far. First film by Andrew Adamson had it's flaws but succeeded to be entertaining and visually breathtaking adventure, while second entry, Prince Caspian directed by Adamson also, was quite disastrous and lifeless film without any true passion or sense of magic. Adamson has left the director's chair and Michael Apted has taken over his duties. This change breathes fresh air into this franchise and Apted has surprisingly good sense of how to orchestrate good adventure. This film benefits very much from Dante Spinotti's assured cinematography and the production design is truly something to behold. It also is paced well and it is far from boring. Dawn Treader is darkest entry into world of Narnia so far, but it still manages to be humorous and is suitable for younger audience also. Narnia films has had their great set pieces, but none of them has reached the same visual heights which the Dawn Treader's thunderous climax serves. There is is the set piece which involves a battle between huge sea monster and the crew of Dawn Treader. It is a exciting set which amps up tension greatly. All in all Dawn Treader might not give us anything new as a film, but as a well made fantasy film it delivers and is enough to keep us in the audience interested for it's whole running time. This is solid family entertainment and quite good adventure film.

- emilkakko, Thursday, July 12, 2012

3 stars

From all the Narnia film adaptations The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is most accomplished so far. First film by Andrew Adamson had it's flaws but succeeded to be entertaining and visually breathtaking adventure, while second entry, Prince Caspian directed by Adamson also, was quite disastrous and lifeless film without any true passion or sense of magic. Adamson has left the director's chair and Michael Apted has taken over his duties. This change breathes fresh air into this franchise and Apted has surprisingly good sense of how to orchestrate good adventure. This film benefits very much from Dante Spinotti's assured cinematography and the production design is truly something to behold. It also is paced well and it is far from boring. Dawn Treader is darkest entry into world of Narnia so far, but it still manages to be humorous and is suitable for younger audience also. Narnia films has had their great set pieces, but none of them has reached the same visual heights which the Dawn Treader's thunderous climax serves. There is is the set piece which involves a battle between huge sea monster and the crew of Dawn Treader. It is a exciting set which amps up tension greatly. All in all Dawn Treader might not give us anything new as a film, but as a well made fantasy film it delivers and is enough to keep us in the audience interested for it's whole running time. This is solid family entertainment and quite good adventure film.

- emilkakko, Thursday, July 12, 2012

4 stars

I'd read in my Entertainment Weekly magazine about how boring they (or that editor) thought it was, but I rather enjoyed it start to finish, myself.

- stormyweather980, Thursday, January 12, 2012