Aladdin

critic Reviews

57% Rotten Tomatometer Score57%
  • 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.
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    Christy LemireFilmWeek (KPCC - NPR Los Angeles)
    It's fine... A very straightforward, big spectacle musical.
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    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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    Nikki FranciscoCosmopolitan (Philippines)
    Sure, it's almost exactly like the animated version, but they gave Jasmine the feminist edge that was sorely lacking in the cartoon.
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    Damond FudgeKCCI (Des Moines, IA)
    This live-action version of the Disney animated classic does a very good job capturing most of what made the original magical ... while expanding on the story and the characters.
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    Charlotte Harrisoncultbox
    Will Smith puts a fun spin on proceedings. He brings his "A" game, which we haven't seen in some of his recent outings.
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    Ryan SilbersteinCinema76
    Aladdin shows superior technical craftsmanship in so many aspects of the film, but its failure to reckon with a change of medium, bungling of story, and underwhelming characters, means that it is ultimately unsatisfying.
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