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  • Summary: When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the startled eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of Jumanji. There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spellWhen young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported before the startled eyes of his friend, Sarah, into the untamed jungles of Jumanji. There he remains for 26 years until he is freed from the game's spell by two unsuspecting children. (Sony) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 6 out of 18
  1. The result is a thrill ride with enough plunges and turns and loop-the-loops to make it worth a spin. What the picture lacks is the magic and resonance you feel in the best of popular entertainments.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    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]
  3. Reviewed by: Staff(not credited)
    60
    On a scene by scene basis, it is mostly great fun but suffers from a contrived script which repetitively drags characters back to the eponymous magical board game for another effect-producing throw of the dice.
  4. 50
    The movie takes time to warm up, it weakens into soppiness at the end, and the game itself, if you think it through, makes very little sense.
  5. Williams is hardly at his comically inventive best. And the script (adapted by Chris Van Allsburg, and a string of others, from his book) pursues the least exciting avenues possible.
  6. 30
    The script boasts more writers than the computerized menagerie's got megabytes, but they haven't come up with much variety or humor in what is essentially a string of catastrophes.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    10
    Director Joe Johnston's elaborately dressed kids' movie--about a board game that sucks its players into a perilous jungle overrun by lions, rhinos, monkeys, crocodiles and spiders--spends so much time on the how of special effects that it neglects the why of characterization.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Sep 29, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I consider this movie as one of my all time favourite movies, and also Robin Williams as one of my favourite actors.

    This is the story of Alan Parish who finds a board game, which unknown to him releases the inhabititants of the game, depending on the role of the dice.
    While playing the game with a girl called Sarah from his street, they both decide to stop playing the game, but Alan un-wittingly throws the dice, and the game punishes him, by sucking him into the game with the message ' In the jungle you must wait, till the dice reads five or eight'.
    Many years later Judy & Peter who have moved into Alans house, find the game, and begin playing it, and Peter eventually throws an eight, thus releasing alan from the game.
    What follows in an action paced film, with great special effects.

    If you want to watch a great film then get this one.
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  2. Jul 5, 2014
    10
    I saw this movie when it first came out and I loved it! Saw it many times over on TV, always entertaining! It's 2014, just saw it again withI saw this movie when it first came out and I loved it! Saw it many times over on TV, always entertaining! It's 2014, just saw it again with my 11 years old child and she loves it, too! Great entertaining movie that doesn't age! Fun, entertaining, and everything else! Expand
  3. ShlumGuy
    Jul 10, 2006
    9
    Metacritic got this one WRONG, this was a great movie. Too many people compare the book to the movie directly which is horribly bias, and Metacritic got this one WRONG, this was a great movie. Too many people compare the book to the movie directly which is horribly bias, and unfair. Judge this movie without the book in mind, it is unfair to do otherwise. If you do, which you should since every other movie should be judged that way, this way a great movie! Expand
  4. JamesH.
    Dec 7, 2006
    8
    This movie should have been PG-13 as it's much more graphic, and intense than the book. The book and this movie have virtually nothing This movie should have been PG-13 as it's much more graphic, and intense than the book. The book and this movie have virtually nothing in common. They are two totally different wholes. This is a much more mature, and adventure/thrill seeking movie with lots of intense moments. I was surprised by how much the critics rely on comparison rather than individuality. Expand
  5. Aug 19, 2014
    8
    I’ll be honest. I have never seen Jumanji before and I have been wanting to watch it for a long time. When Robin Williams died, besidesI’ll be honest. I have never seen Jumanji before and I have been wanting to watch it for a long time. When Robin Williams died, besides tearing up a little as one of my childhood heroes growing up has died, I went to watch it and I can see why this movie is consider one of his classics despite mixed reviews from critics.

    This movie had a very interesting clever concept. The plot was very really good and well-organized that this is the reason why this is now one of my favorite movies of all-time.

    The cast did a good job portraying her role especially Robin Williams (of course) and Kristen Dunst! For a comedian, Robin Williams portrayed all emotions of that character very well and for a child star, Kristen Dunst is the best acted child actor in the entire movie. I am not kidding, I totally forgot that Kristen Dunst is playing a character in the movie while watching it.

    One drawback about this movie is that it had terrible special effects. For a 1995 movie that has a budget of $65 million, it needed to be higher for better special effects that time. But the character development and the plot is just enough for this drawback to be ignored.

    I would love to see this movie again and again. It’s just that good. And thank God no sequel!
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  6. [Anonymous]
    Dec 18, 2005
    7
    Liked it as a kid. It was no masterpiece, but it was quite fun.
  7. Mar 14, 2014
    5
    No logic to be found. This movie has a terrible script to go along with a story that is very poor. It is action packed but it has manyNo logic to be found. This movie has a terrible script to go along with a story that is very poor. It is action packed but it has many problems. For instance it is raining and flooding inside the house. Here's an idea, go outside. This type of thing happens often in this movie and creates some humor that the movie has no intention of creating. It is a fun watch but has many flaws -- 46.8 out of 100 Expand

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