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The Meerkats (2008)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

A cheerful and cute - though never overly mawkish - nature-doc about... you guessed it... Meerkats.

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A cheerful and cute - though never overly mawkish - nature-doc about... you guessed it... Meerkats.

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An inspiring look at how one family's connection to each other and their surroundings is a model of resilience and fortitude for us all. The story features the coming of age of a young meerkat pup, Kolo growing up in the Kalahari desert.

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Sep 1, 2009

The Weinstein Company

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

Despite the involvement of a producer from the BBC's Natural History Unit and the late Paul Newman on voiceover duty, 'The Meerkats' is just another run-of-the-mill wildlife foray.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Has some good footage but is more Disney-anthropomorphic than Attenborough-authentic.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Like the real-life natural-world Disney features of yesteryear, there's a huge amount of entertainment to be had, especially for kids, although the imposition of a story and the attribution of various emotions to the creatures can get slightly cloying.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

A movie guaranteed to enchant all. Mind you, with a cast this cute, they couldn't really fail.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Visually striking but not a nature documentary for people who like their wildlife presented with the emphasis on knowledge and information, rather than on story, cuteness and anthropomorphism.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

The beauty and intimacy of the material they so painstakingly captured ultimately overrides the mawkish score and sentimental narration.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

"Even the wind has dust in its eyes," remarks Newman, at an especially weepy bit. Others may have trouble keeping them open.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

The narrative lags some way behind the beautiful nature photography and the comical majesty of the meerkat on guard, poking his head above a hidey-hole like a periscope over a parapet. These pictures don't really need any words.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A film that is entertaining, informative and filled with irresistibly cute critters.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

An engaging, beautifully shot wildlife drama with undeniably cute subjects, but you can't help wishing the film had probed a bit deeper into meerkat society.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Contains plenty of high drama thanks to some judicious editing and cutting-edge camera work and it avoids sentimentalising nature too much by showing death on screen and weaving in a subtle environmental message.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Scotsman

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