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  • Aladdin retells its classic source material's story with sufficient spectacle and skill, even if it never approaches the dazzling splendor of the animated original.
  • Oliver JonesObserver
    The new telling brings little that feels essential, and the missing elements-chiefly, the controlled chaos and unbridled comedy of the late Robin Williams' vocal performance-have given the film's candy-colored visual palate a homesick pall.
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  • Anthony LaneNew Yorker
    In short, it's a whole old world.
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  • Richard RoeperChicago Sun-Times
    Marwan Kenzari snarls it up as the villainous Jafar, while Nasim Pedrad is endearing and funny as Jasmine's handmaiden and best friend Dalia...
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  • Matthew LickonaSan Diego Reader
    There are efforts made, whether through good faith or just market savvy, to update Princess Jasmine into a people's champion who might prefer ruling to romance. Enough to make you wish the Disney people had gone whole hog and just called it Jasmine.
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  • Ty BurrBoston Globe
    With "Aladdin," they've done the leveling with just enough style and pizazz that most moviegoers won't care that it's a retread, and the leads are good enough to make you hope they'll go on to something real.
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  • Peter RainerChristian Science Monitor
    Smith understandably didn't want to compete with Williams, but as the big, blue, top-knotted Genie, he's uncharacteristically bland. Even the magic carpet in this movie looks bummed out.
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  • Robert RotenLaramie Movie Scope
    The music is very good, and it features a couple of actors who can really sing those memorable songs well. Aladdin has exceptional music because most of its songs were written at a time when Walt Disney Pictures had some exceptional musical talent.
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  • Olive PometseyGQ Magazine [UK]
    Despite my blue Will Smith-fuelled reservations about the film, I was immediately transported to my childhood living room and began to lap up the buzz of the Kingdom Of Agrabah with the same enthusiasm of an easily amused four-year-old.
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  • Bob BloomJournal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
    The recently released live-action remake of the movie captures some of the magical qualities of the original because of the performance of Will Smith as the genie and a talented team of special effects conjurers.
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  • Sean ChandlerSean Chandler Talks About
    It is definitely not the disaster that a bunch of us were worried it was going to be. But, it's certainly not a whole new world; it's more of the same.
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