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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
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  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: 22 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24
  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. Aug 30, 2013
    10
    Fantastic entertainment, great action, amazing visuals (even to this day), beautiful music (by the great James Horner) and great acting (byFantastic entertainment, great action, amazing visuals (even to this day), beautiful music (by the great James Horner) and great acting (by all cast members- especially Williams). An awesome Thrill movie!!! Expand
  3. Mar 28, 2015
    9
    "Jumanji has always been one of those films that are just a lot of mindless fun to watch. I have watched this movie more times then I would"Jumanji has always been one of those films that are just a lot of mindless fun to watch. I have watched this movie more times then I would like to admit. But it is one of my favorites from my childhood. But I still love it as much as an adult then I did as a kid. Robin Williams will always be a huge favorite of mine. Bonnie Hunt is funny and I miss her in movies. The movie is great for all ages to enjoy. 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. Jul 17, 2015
    8
    Film to be seen and enjoyed in family . A film that revolves around a board game , but still manages to be quite appealing . The cast is veryFilm to be seen and enjoyed in family . A film that revolves around a board game , but still manages to be quite appealing . The cast is very good and both the kids and adults (especially Robin Williams) can have stupendous participations, that make us feel touched , but also joyful . Expand
  6. Aug 28, 2014
    7
    Jumanji is an unique and exceptional story told marvelously by Robin Williams. Critics were hard on this audience-favorite, and for no goodJumanji is an unique and exceptional story told marvelously by Robin Williams. Critics were hard on this audience-favorite, and for no good reason. It relies on visual effects--but it also relies on a captivating plot line. Expand
  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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