Aladdin

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.

57%

TOMATOMETER

Total Count: 349

94%

Audience Score

Verified Ratings: 58,990
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A street rat frees a genie from a lamp, granting all of his wishes and transforming himself into a charming prince in order to marry a beautiful princess. But soon, an evil sorcerer becomes hell-bent on securing the lamp for his own sinister purposes.

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Cast

Mena Massoud
as Aladdin
Naomi Scott
as Jasmine
Billy Magnussen
as Prince Anders
Kamil Lemieszewski
as Ali's Servant
Joey Ansah
as Jafar's Guard
Bern Collaco
as Palace Guard
Sophie Carmen-Jones
as Jones-Balcony Girl
Adam Collins
as City Guard
Hiten Patel
as Haatim City Guard
Cassie Clare
as Peacock
Amer Chadha-Patel
as Mounted Guard
David Simon
as City Guard
Jag Patel
as Sultan's Main Palace Courtier
Amed Hashimi
as Prisoner 1
Robby Haynes
as Razoul Chief City Guard
Leslie Kunz
as Female Cook
Eric CoCo
as Townsfolk
Amar Adatia
as Bodyguard
Albert Tang
as Townsfolk
Michael Herne
as Mediterranean Townsfolk/Wedding Guest
Beth Willetts
as Ensemble
Mary Cruz
as Palace Courtier
Mario Romano
as Agrabah Citizen
Fran Targ
as Townsfolk
Spencer Collings
as Camel Rider
Kevin Matadeen
as Carpet Seller
Feizal Mowlabocus
as Nubian Fan Bearer
Sanj Surati
as Wrong Wisher
Nick Khan
as Alis Servant
Andrew Jonas
as Townfolk
Minhaz Zee
as Razaq the City Guard
Charlotte Barnes
as Female Cook Dancer
Jackson Kai
as North African TownFolk/ Dancer
Adrian Danila
as Ali's Servant
Nicky Andersen
as Townsfolk
Marisha Wallace
as Busy Body
Tahir Burhan
as Palace Courtier
Jay Nifaoui
as Villager
Jagoda Kamov
as Palace Servant
Hamza Malik
as Palace Guard
Svend Emil Jacobsen
as Sven - Guard of Prince Anders
Lucas Antoine Starrets
as Sub-Saharan Townsfolk
Luke Bell
as Townsfolk
Yasmin Harrison
as Peacock Dancer
Karamvir Athwal
as Townsfolk
Omari Bernard
as Guard #1
Shaj Goku
as City Guard
Demi Lee Walker
as School Girl
Nazarene Williams
as School Girl
Blythe Jandoo
as Luna Dancer
Ramzy ElHuraiby
as Wrong Wisher
Ramzi Marouani
as Rasheed Reluctant City Guard
Wade Lewin
as Dancer
Andrew Dunkelberger
as Palace Guard
David Orrells
as Palace Servant
Levente Jakab
as Ali's Dancing Servant
Amar Bains
as Dancer
Daniel Hayde
as Townsman
Lee Admassie
as Ali's Trumpeter
Neal Piron
as Dancer
Agatha Ezzedine
as Market Lady
Ben Sura
as Turkish Trader
Mahmoud Elmesiry
as Palace Guard
Yvonne Pexton
as Townsfolk
Sunil Kumar
as City Guard
Joseph Alex Pacquette Hinds
as Ali's Dancing Servant #2
Stefan Capper
as Prisoner 2
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Critic Reviews for Aladdin

All Critics (349) | Top Critics (43) | Fresh (200) | Rotten (149)

  • The new telling brings little that feels essential, and the missing elements-chiefly, the controlled chaos and unbridled comedy of the late Robin Williams' vocal performance-have given the film's candy-colored visual palate a homesick pall.

    May 27, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

    Oliver Jones

    Observer
    Top Critic
  • In short, it's a whole old world.

    May 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Marwan Kenzari snarls it up as the villainous Jafar, while Nasim Pedrad is endearing and funny as Jasmine's handmaiden and best friend Dalia...

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are efforts made, whether through good faith or just market savvy, to update Princess Jasmine into a people's champion who might prefer ruling to romance. Enough to make you wish the Disney people had gone whole hog and just called it Jasmine.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • With "Aladdin," they've done the leveling with just enough style and pizazz that most moviegoers won't care that it's a retread, and the leads are good enough to make you hope they'll go on to something real.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Ty Burr

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • Smith understandably didn't want to compete with Williams, but as the big, blue, top-knotted Genie, he's uncharacteristically bland. Even the magic carpet in this movie looks bummed out.

    May 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Aladdin

  • Sep 03, 2019
    While I am fully prepared to admit that I hated this slightly less than I expected to, I also officially give up on Guy Ritchie. Disney's original Aladdin is not one of my favourite Disney flicks, but I do like it. And although I'm sure there are people out there who will appreciate this live action do-over more than me, I do find it difficult to believe anyone would think this one is the better of the two versions.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 08, 2019
    As the media becomes quicker and ever more pervasive, the way of making movies cannot help but to be influenced, and here is a wonder of an example of that phenomenon. Referencing Disney's own previous popular animation is one thing - and that this film does with reverence - but as well it's not afraid to, ahem, borrow benchmark scenes from other movies, tweaking them just enough to make them it's own. "Where did they steal that bit from ..." becomes an entertaining consideration beyond the movie itself which, all in all, is an example of classic film-making, though uninspired, all on it's lonesome. The borrowed bits are cheese and icing on the cake.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Aug 06, 2019
    From Maleficent to Alice in Wonderland, even though those are films that have been changed the most from their original versions, it really does feel like Disney has now doubled-down on keeping their remakes familiar, down to replicating shots and songs. Many viewers may take offence to this or find it pointless to even watch a remake that doesn't take any creative liberties, but I feel that an updated version for today's kids isn't all that bad. Aladdin is one of the latest films to receive this treatment and I believe it's also one of the better ones they've done.  Following Aladdin (Mena Massoud), a street thief who finds his way into the palace of Princess Jasmine (Noami Scott), eventually stumbles across a lamp that reveals a genie (Will Smith) who will grant him three wishes. The core premise of the original film is very much present here, but there are also a few welcome additions that don't feel forced or disappointing, at least in my opinion. Viewers seem to be complaining about the villain in Jafar (Marwan Kenzari) for being too soft-spoken and not threatening enough, but I thought this take on him felt very refreshing and more sly than overpowering.  Like most of these remakes, there are many shots that just feel like replicas of the classic animated film and the songs are exactly the same for the most part, but for me, it all came down to how everything seems to jump off the screen and if I was able to buy into it all. The short answer for that is yes, I found myself invested in everything that was going on and Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, and especially Will Smith all deliver great performances. Will Smith doesn't ruin what Robin Williams did in the past, but rather makes it his own and I really appreciated that.  Where this films biggest issue lies; However, is in its runtime. This version of Aladdin is nearly 40 minutes longer than the original film and while many of the scenes do add to the movie as a whole, it does feel its length at times. There are many fun aspects to this movie, so when a lot of time is taken to explore the dramatic side of these characters, it almost slows down to a halt at times. Luckily, the cast and story surrounding them are so likeable that I was able to forgive a few slow scenes, for the most part. In the end, this 2019 live-action version of Aladdin could have been better and should've probably changed the original premise a little more than it did, in order to feel fresher, but I really enjoyed what was shown to me. This is the same way I have felt about most of these remakes, where if you loved, or even liked the original animated movie, then there's really no reason why you shouldn't at least enjoy watching it at the very least. It has its issues, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the movies watching Aladdin.
    KJ P Super Reviewer
  • Jun 11, 2019
    The argument about the validity or impact compared to the 1992-animated version can be made for another time because this live-action version is an undeniable spectacle. Aladdin glistens with with its extravagant visuals, musical numbers and solid performances from an up-and-coming cast and an always vibrant Will Smith steering the ship. 3.85/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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