Best-Reviewed Kids & Family Movies 2019

In a win for original ideas, Joe Cornish’s The King Who Would Be King trumped big IP-driven flicks like Detective Pikachu and Disney’s umpteenth live-action remakes (Lion King, Aladdin, Dumbo) to be crowned best of the family fare. (OK, you might consider the King Arthur legend “IP.”) The film, Cornish’s directing follow-up to Attack The Block, was lauded as a charming, thrilling, character-driven adventure.

The order of the rank below reflects the Adjusted Score as of December 31, 2019. Scores might change over time.

Adjusted Score: 97.002%
Critics Consensus: The Kid Who Would Be King recalls classic all-ages adventures -- and repurposes a timeless legend -- for a thoroughly enjoyable new addition to the family movie canon.
Synopsis: Old school magic meets the modern world in the epic adventure THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING. Alex (Ashbourne Serkis)... [More]
Directed By: Joe Cornish

Adjusted Score: 90.202%
Critics Consensus: Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material's youthful spirit.
Synopsis: Having spent most of her life exploring the jungle with her parents, nothing could prepare Dora (Isabela Moner) for her... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

Adjusted Score: 82.306%
Critics Consensus: Pokémon Detective Pikachu may not take its wonderfully bizarre premise as far as it could have, but this offbeat adaptation should catch most -- if not all -- of the franchise's fans.
Synopsis: The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what... [More]
Directed By: Rob Letterman


Aladdin (2019)

Adjusted Score: 73.615%
Critics Consensus: 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.
Synopsis: A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie


The Lion King (2019)

Adjusted Score: 71.756%
Critics Consensus: While it can take pride in its visual achievements,The Lion King is a by-the-numbers retelling that lacks the energy and heart that made the original so beloved--though for some fans that may just be enough.
Synopsis: From Disney Live Action, director Jon Favreau's all-new "The Lion King" journeys to the African savanna where a future king... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau

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