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Jumanji Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    39

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The film is a gloomy special-effects extravaganza filled with grotesque images, generating fear and despair.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Jumanji takes approximately one-hundred minutes for four people to play a board game. The result isn't much more fun or involving than watching a few friends play Monopoly.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Jumanji is cardboard Spielberg, a B-movie scrap heap of spare parts lifted from "Jurassic Park" and "Gremlins" and "Back to the Future".

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Based on a popular children's book by Chris Van Allsburg and directed by that "Honey, I Shrunk the Kids" guy Joe Johnston, Jumanji is a calculated but very entertaining special effects extravaganza. [15Dec1995 Pg. 01.D]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 10+

Some thrills, but may be too much for little ones.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film has lots of thrills and perils but little joy, as monstrous jungle predators pour out of an enchanted board game to overwhelm hapless kids and adults in a depressed New England town. It may be too intense for some kids, although young viewers who aren't nightmare-prone will be diverted by the creatures, computer-generated by the same Hollywood whizzes who brought to life the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park.

  • Families can talk about what they think makes for a good fantasy adventure film. Was this movie funny, or more on the darker side?
  • If you were going to make this movie, is there anything you'd change,and if so, what?
  • Which game would you like to see come alive?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: A distinctly unfriendly community is the setting, with kids who defy and mouth off to adults and pull pranks (though everything comes out right at the end thanks to their intervention).

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Much-threatened and occasionally carried out, in the form of beatings, bitings, stingings, and stompings mostly by nastied-up members of the animal kingdom. Shooting also threatened by a maniacal hunter.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not an issue

  • language false3

    Language: "Damn" here and there.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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