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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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By Michelle Orange
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.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
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.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
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.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The third and most uneven film adaptation in the series.
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
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.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
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.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's serviceable, but certainly not much fun.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
After slipping badly with the second installment two years ago, the Narnia franchise does a full-on belly flop with this third.
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53 out of 100
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