Best-Reviewed Kids/Family Movies 2016

There may be plenty of CGI in some of these films, but there are real live actors too, adding depth and drama that will resonate with viewers of all ages. Each of these films are essential viewing for the whole family.

The order of the list reflects the scores as of December 31, 2016, but the number displayed on the Adjusted Tomatometer may change as more reviews keep getting added after the end of the year.


The Jungle Book (2016)

Adjusted Score: 107.07%
Critics Consensus: As lovely to behold as it is engrossing to watch, The Jungle Book is the rare remake that actually improves upon its predecessors -- all while setting a new standard for CGI.
Synopsis: Mowgli, a man-cub raised in the jungle by a family of wolves, embarks on a captivating journey of self-discovery when... [More]
Directed By: Jon Favreau


Queen of Katwe (2016)

Adjusted Score: 99.384%
Critics Consensus: Queen of Katwe is a feel-good movie of uncommon smarts and passion, and outstanding performances by Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo help to elevate the film past its cliches.
Synopsis: "Queen of Katwe" is the colorful true story of a young girl selling corn on the streets of rural Uganda... [More]
Directed By: Mira Nair


A Monster Calls (2017)

Adjusted Score: 96.459%
Critics Consensus: A Monster Calls deftly balances dark themes and fantastical elements to deliver an engrossing and uncommonly moving entry in the crowded coming-of-age genre.
Synopsis: A visually spectacular drama from director J.A. Bayona ("The Impossible"). 12-year-old Conor (Lewis MacDougall), dealing with his mother's (Felicity Jones)... [More]
Directed By: J.A. Bayona


Pete's Dragon (2016)

Adjusted Score: 96.59%
Critics Consensus: Pete's Dragon continues Disney's current live-action winning streak with an update that gives the original a visual overhaul without overwhelming its sweet, soulful charm.
Synopsis: A reimagining of Disney's cherished family film, "Pete's Dragon" is the adventure of an orphaned boy named Pete and his... [More]
Directed By: David Lowery


The BFG (2016)

Adjusted Score: 84.966%
Critics Consensus: The BFG minimizes the darker elements of Roald Dahl's classic in favor of a resolutely good-natured, visually stunning, and largely successful family-friendly adventure.
Synopsis: This film tells the tale of a young girl, the Queen of England and a benevolent giant known as the... [More]
Directed By: Steven Spielberg

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