'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   14 reviews
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    There's a businesslike, barrel-ahead determination to the proceedings, as if the players (and, in the bigger picture, the producers) were ticking off items on an agenda: three volumes down, four to go if Walden Media commits to the whole shebang.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    So vivid are many of Lewis's tableaux that you are barely given time to linger before being whisked on to the next.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    It's serviceable, but certainly not much fun.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post (Top Critic)
    75
    It's great to be back in Narnia.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Pinkerton Village Voice (Top Critic)
    It's good to see the spirit of English craftsmanship alive, even if applied to ephemeral effects.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    A decent family adventure, perfectly suited to a cold Saturday morning -- and likely to be forgotten by Sunday.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    63
    The visual splendor is still there, in moderate amounts.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Nancy Churnin Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    80
    Despite some rejiggering of the book's plot, it's a film that should please Narnia fans and, if it does well, may lead to the return of Eustace in the next installment, The Silver Chair. Here's hoping.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Not quite a must-see, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is nonetheless a sturdy outing with many of the charms that have become franchise trademarks.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    40
    This picture... mostly plays like a perfunctory cross between watered-down iterations of The Wind in the Willows and any Pirates of the Caribbean movie...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    This is a rip-snorting adventure fantasy for families, especially the younger members who are not insistent on continuity.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The beguiling creature design -- from minotaur to dragon, sea serpent to one-footed dwarf -- and 3D effects heighten the illusion of a storybook coming alive.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    Unfortunately, between its ripsnorting beginning and moving finale, Apted's film sails into the doldrums.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    What kid hasn't dreamed of being a queen or king in another world?
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    42
    The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is still very much a "Narnia" movie. In other words, it's filled with fantastical creatures, bloodless battles, quasi-mystical undercurrents and an unfortunate helping of hooey.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    60
    The best thing about the film is neither the top-notch CGI nor the shallow moral lessons but the performance of Will Poulter as Lucy and Edmund's insufferable cousin Eustace Scrubb.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    This f/x-heavy third adaptation of the Christian-themed fantasy series feels routine and risk-averse in every respect, as if investment anxiety had fatally hobbled its sense of wonder.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    Apted brings back a sense of the old-fashioned fun of the low-tech 1960s myths-and-monsters matinees, when no roiling sea ever failed to harbor a giant serpent -- and men stood in the bows of ships facing peril with chins of iron.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    75
    A worthy challenger to the far more popular Harry Potter pictures.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Bruce Demara Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    50
    Discerning young people aren't likely to find Dawn Treader very challenging or engaging and the accompanying adults are certain to find it pretty bland fare...
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Eric D. Snider Film.com (Top Critic)
    59
    Where the others aimed for greatness and missed, this one aims for middle-of-the-road and basically hits it.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Rick Groen Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    Could be an optical illusion, but it seems that a flat, dull movie shot in 3-D just looks flatter and duller.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Andrew O'Hehir Salon.com (Top Critic)
    This retelling of "Dawn Treader" is relentlessly goal-oriented -- our heroes must collect seven swords, and free a bunch of people imprisoned in mysterious green mist -- in a way Lewis' book simply isn't.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • John Swansburg Slate (Top Critic)
    Its attempts to overcome the story's episodic nature are clumsy, its effects only intermittently special, and its dufflepuds not nearly funny enough.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
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