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.

#1
Adjusted Score: 99720%
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 when young Alex stumbles upon the mythical sword Excalibur. He soon unites his friends... [More]
Directed By: Joe Cornish

#2
Adjusted Score: 92722%
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, nothing could prepare Dora for her most dangerous adventure yet --... [More]
Directed By: James Bobin

#3
Adjusted Score: 84666%
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: Ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son, Tim, to find out what happened. Aiding in the... [More]
Directed By: Rob Letterman

#4

Aladdin (2019)
57%

#4
Adjusted Score: 77585%
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: Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting... [More]
Directed By: Guy Ritchie

#5

The Lion King (2019)
52%

#5
Adjusted Score: 75209%
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: Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny on the plains of Africa. But... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau