Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    Dec 6, 2010
    80
    Michael Apted opts for a certain dated and mannered appeal with a whiff of nostalgia for more innocent times, which lends added enchantment.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Dec 10, 2010
    75
    The Dawn Treader doesn't so much reinvent the "Narnia" franchise as do what's needed, and expected, with a little more zip than the previous voyages.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 10, 2010
    75
    The eye-popping and entertaining The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader offers a merry seafaring jaunt together with plenty of adventures led by magically empowered kids.
  4. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 9, 2010
    75
    After all, it isn't every kid's movie that wrestles with the subject of faith in a higher power, or sin, or the afterlife. And it isn't every kid's film that can do it so entertainingly. Sure, that's heavy stuff if you're looking for it. But it doesn't spoil the great, great fun to be had in Narnia - or the magical spell it casts - if you're not.
  5. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Dec 8, 2010
    75
    This is a rip-snorting adventure fantasy for families, especially the younger members who are not insistent on continuity. Director Michael Apted may be too good for this material, but he attacks with gusto.
  6. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 8, 2010
    75
    True to the intent of the Christian apologist Lewis' novels, there are lessons to be learned, many of them delivered by the chivalrous mouse, Reepicheep, voiced with a plummy verve by Simon Pegg.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Dec 9, 2010
    70
    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, while the rousing sea adventure drives home Lewis's Christian ethos better than either of the previous entries.
  8. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 8, 2010
    70
    Well-paced, well-performed and full of visual wows, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader bobbles a hectic story by stopping just short of committing to its grounding themes. Its hardly sacrilege, but it does seem like a shame.
  9. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Dec 7, 2010
    70
    Apted seems too often to think like an old-hand action director and not enough like the 12-year-old boy who probably read Lewis's book. To enter Narnia, to really go giddy with the bright, laughing promise of a quest, a young viewer with no convenient magic portal of his own needs characters to bring him along. This is, I believe, the difference between a classic and a successful franchise reboot.
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Dec 10, 2010
    67
    Michael Apted's direction veers into listlessness, but there is, at times, a pleasing elegance to the production, too. It doesn't assault you. Small favors are better than none.
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 8, 2010
    67
    The Voyage of the Dawn Treader ends on a perfectly appropriate note, recapturing a childish sense of wonder and an earnest approach to Lewis' religious allegory.
  12. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Dec 9, 2010
    63
    Maybe it's the postproduction 3-D enhancements, but in this effects-laden Odyssey for tweens, sometimes humans and beasts seem more wax-and-paint than flesh-and-blood.
  13. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Dec 10, 2010
    60
    Kids, of course, are unlikely to get the religious allusions. All they'll see is a decent family adventure, perfectly suited to a cold Saturday morning -- and likely to be forgotten by Sunday.
  14. Reviewed by: Kerry Lengel
    Dec 9, 2010
    60
    The best thing about the film is neither the top-notch CGI nor the shallow moral lessons but the performance of Will Poulter ("Son of Rambow") as Lucy and Edmund's insufferable cousin Eustace Scrubb.
  15. Reviewed by: Dan Jolin
    Dec 9, 2010
    60
    Another mixed Narnian offering which, while it doesn't bust through the series' three-star ceiling, at least gives us its best FX, biggest monsters and finest child actor yet.
  16. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 10, 2010
    50
    It's difficult to make this mediocre adaptation of perhaps the best-loved book in C.S. Lewis' Narnia series -- seem particularly interesting.
  17. Reviewed by: John Swansburg
    Dec 10, 2010
    50
    If only the makers of Dawn Treader had learned the lesson Lucy does when she casts that forbidden spell: Don't try to be something you're not.
  18. 50
    Alas, in the third instalment of the C.S. Lewis odyssey, the devolution continues with the inexorability of a fairy tale thrust in reverse – the sublime first film morphed into the routine second and now this wispy banality.
  19. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    The third and most uneven film adaptation in the series.
  20. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    A strong filmmaking voice was clearly not called for in an entertainment that has been carefully calibrated for maximum blandness. Mr. Apted is aboard to keep the franchise sailing along or at least afloat, which he does.
  21. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    It's serviceable, but certainly not much fun.
  22. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    Dawn Treader, the name of the ship in the story, should here be rechristened Yawn Treader. If this movie were a bedtime book, the wee ones would be asleep by page two.
  23. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    Oh, there are sword fights aplenty (as bloodless as ever), but instead of a real story, we are left clinging to individual moments.
  24. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    The Dawn Treader, like its predecessors, has no real struggle or drama. We're dealing with kids for whom everything comes too easily for us to care.
  25. Reviewed by: Connie Ogle
    Dec 9, 2010
    50
    Only two characters are worth much notice; neither is a prince, and one is a really big mouse, which tells you something sad about Narnia's royal family.
  26. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dec 8, 2010
    50
    I'm confounded by the fact that, aside from the Pevensie siblings and their nicely obnoxious cousin, absolutely everything and everyone aboard the Dawn Treader looks one-dimensional.
  27. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Dec 7, 2010
    50
    A dull, meandering storyline and visuals all-but destroyed by a second-rate 3-D conversion make this movie inferior to its predecessors.
  28. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Dec 9, 2010
    42
    They essentially replace the book's blank spaces with gaping plot holes and laughable clichés.
  29. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 15, 2010
    40
    It takes great skill to make something so ponderously stultifying as this third film entry in the ongoing adaptation of C.S. Lewis' series of splendidly imagined children's books.
  30. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Dec 7, 2010
    40
    One's heart sinks the moment the trio is picked up by Prince Caspian (Barnes) and deposited on his ship, the Dawn Treader. Suddenly we're in green-screen land, where everything looks cheap, heavily digital and unfortunately postconverted to 3-D-hardly a fantastical otherworld.
  31. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Dec 7, 2010
    40
    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.
  32. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Dec 6, 2010
    40
    After slipping badly with the second installment two years ago, the Narnia franchise does a full-on belly flop with this third.
  33. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Dec 10, 2010
    38
    An utter shipwreck, a would-be adventure with meager rations of magic and a listless crew.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 144 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 49
  2. Negative: 9 out of 49
  1. Dec 13, 2010
    2
    I really wanted this to be good. Perhaps my expectations were too high but, my first reaction when the end credits began to roll was... "Wouldn't it be great if someone would make a high budget film loosely based on the Dawn Treader?" We've read the books many times over. Therein lies the problem. I realize the need to adapt a story for the big screen but they should be ashamed of themselves. Whatever happened to the art of story telling? It struck me as a dumbed down action flick for kids. Full Review »
  2. Dec 12, 2010
    10
    one of the best movies ive read don't waste your money on 3D not much of 3d just commercials but it was a very good movie go wach it. it is very intresting.love it Full Review »
  3. Jul 21, 2012
    3
    Dazzling visuals and some solid performances don't help this campy, not-so-fantastical,boring, fantasy. It has bloated action and dialogue, along with choppy editing and pace. The worst installment yet. I give this movie 28%. Full Review »