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Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12A)

Action, Adventure, Comedy

Four teenagers discover an old video game console and are literally drawn into the game's jungle setting becoming the adult avatars they chose.

The critical consensus

Perhaps it is destined to be seen on small screens for sleepovers, but it’s an amiable effort that will go down like eggnog over Christmas.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/12/2017

It’s perfectly fine and enjoyable up to a point, but the film lacks what made the original a timeless classic.

***(*)(*)George Simpson, Daily Express, 09/12/2017

The action’s passable and Gillan makes a decent fist of an underwritten character. Otherwise, this Jumanji makeover’s a losing game.

**(*)(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 09/12/2017

A consistently inventive and chucklesome reinvention of the Jumanji concept. Okay, so it coasts on the charm of its lead quartet, but when there’s this much charm, that’s no bad thing.

***(*)(*)Chris Hewitt, Empire Online, 20/12/2017

At least the cast appear to be having fun.

Hannah Woodhead, Little White Lies, 16/12/2017

It will be a little too crude for some but Welcome to the Jungle is still heaps of fun.

***(*)(*)James Mottram, The List, 18/12/2017

The pleasure here lies in the often very goofy comedy and the tussling between the four leads, all of them doing their outrageous best to steal scenes from under each other’s noses.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 20/12/2017

It all makes for an amiable, jocular treasure hunt that is much better than you might have expected and lots of fun.

***(*)(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 22/12/2017

Body-swapping, a wisecracking cast and a dazzling effects-laden package add up to a game-world movie that outshines its 1995 predecessor.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 24/12/2017

Retrograde gender stereotypes and knock-off Indiana Jones action set-pieces duly follow.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 02/01/2018

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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