Excerpt: I have to admit the film is not without entertainment value, most surprisingly within an engaging performance from Will Smith that utilizes a spectrum of talent we haven’t seen from the actor in quite some time.
Excerpt: The romance lacks chemistry, and the villain lacks bite. It seems embarrassed to be a musical, failing to embrace the necessary ineffable daydreaminess. Somehow even more cartoonish as live-action.
Excerpt: …one cannot help but see this recycling of a beloved festive fable as nothing but an opportunistic money grab. Today’s Aladdin should have rubbed its own lamp and wished for the flavored footnotes of its legendary animated counterpart from yesteryear.
Excerpt: Aladdin reminds us how much of a consummate showman the 50-year-old is and always has been. Will has a style, energy, and stage presence all his own, and he saves this entire movie from sandy ruin.