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Based on 18 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    As a movie, it's far from compelling. As a thrill ride, though, it's a rampaging special effects and animatronics extravaganza that will make small children cringe behind their seats. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    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] show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Examiner

    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. show more

  • 63
    TV Guide

    Regrettably, however, the weird elegance of Chris Van Allsburg's much-praised picture book has been all but lost in translation. show more

  • 50
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    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. show more

  • 50
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The terror sequences (not only animals but monsoons and earthquakes and quicksand) are scary until they get monotonous: after a while, you have a sense you're watching a clip reel from every Hollywood disaster flick ever made. show more

  • 38
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

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

  • 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. show more

  • 58
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

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

  • 25
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Mostly trite and tacky despite Robin Williams's strenuous acting. show more

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