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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    62

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    I wish I could be more enthusiastic about Prince Caspian, an honorable and attractive adventure for children and families. But scenic beauty and spirited action can't conceal its dramatic defects.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    In total effect, Prince Caspian feels a lot more earthbound than "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    An exhilarating fantasy adventure marred only by its length and protracted climactic battle scenes.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Several shades darker in tone than the previous edition -- which, to be fair, didn't carry the burden of expectation that a sequel must bear -- the return to Narnia still casts a transporting spell.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Tween-friendly adaptation is darker than the first.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sequel to the enormously popular The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has more dark moments than the first movie. It broods on the nature of deceit, greed, and hunger for power. It also has a brutal one-on-one swordfight (some of the shield slams may leave even adults cringing) and extensive battle scenes that are portrayed as bone-crunching, metal-clanging, sword-lancing riots. All of the main characters, except Lucy, are responsible for many enemy deaths. That said, it's all relatively blood-free: Though characters are pierced by arrows and swords and fall to the ground (many are injured, and some do die), little gore is shown besides the odd cut on the lip or cheek. Younger viewers may notice and be unsettled by the menacing tone throughout most of the movie -- including a scary appearance by the White Witch -- though it's relieved fairly frequently with funny asides from the characters. While not overt, the movie includes Christian imagery and allegorical storylines, and the characters learn clear moral lessons by the end.

  • Families can talk about whether this film is faithful to the book -- both in spirit and in plot. What was changed? Why do you think the filmmakers strayed from the original story? Which do you like better, and why?
  • Why do you think Aslan is seen at first only by Lucy. Arethere religious/Biblical overtones to her belief in him? What does hemean when he says "Nothing happens the same way twice"?
  • How doCaspian and Peter handle sharing leadership duties? Are they successful? If not, how do they resolve the issue?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: The kings and queens of old, as well as Caspian, fight for what is good and true -- despite many acts of betrayal, deceit, and attempted murder. The Telmarines are determined to exterminate the Narnians, whom they regard as inferior and strange, but their point of view is presented as clearly wrong.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Caspian is tempted by revenge, and Peter's pride leads to disaster, buteveryone sees the error of their ways in the end. For the most part,girls are portrayed as courageously as the boys -- though in one scene, a girl needs to be rescued by her prince.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Lots of swordfights and battles, some of which get pretty brutal. There's not much gore or blood, but there's tons of hitting, lancing, pushing, screaming, clubbing, and stabbing. Many characters are shot with arrows (not much blood shown). One particular one-on-one duel is quite intense and stretches out for some time, and many of the shots are filmed up close. Most of the main characters (including Peter, Edmund, and Susan) dispatch many of their enemies with swords, arrows, and more. There's also lots of discussion of war strategy, and the "bad" guys seem particularly vicious when talking about how to vanquish the Narnians.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Some mild flirting; a single tender kiss at the end.

  • language false1

    Language: "Shut up" and "idiot" are used a few times.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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