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Born To Be Wild (2011)

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98

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 49
Fresh: 48 | Rotten: 1

The human story of Born To Be Wild is captivating and the accompanying nature footage is utterly cute and charming.

94

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 18
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 1

The human story of Born To Be Wild is captivating and the accompanying nature footage is utterly cute and charming.

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Born to be Wild 3D is an inspired story of love, dedication and the remarkable bond between humans and animals. This film documents orphaned orangutans and elephants and the extraordinary people who rescue and raise them-saving endangered species one life at a time. Captured in IMAX 3D, Born to be Wild is a heartwarming adventure transporting moviegoers into the lush rainforests of Borneo with world-renowned primatologist Dr. Birute Galdikas, and across the rugged Kenyan savannah with celebrated

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Apr 17, 2012

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A terrific big-screen/3D film about the rescue of baby elephants and orangutans by dedicated humans introduces young people to a strong conservation ethic.

January 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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A decent weekend diversion, this IMAX documentary is cute enough to engage your kids, while teaching them the most basic lessons in ecological responsibility.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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Their stories are touching and inspiring, but let's face it, the visuals are what make this movie. Born to be Wild takes you to places you've never been and makes you wish you had.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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The hip soundtrack adds momentum, and the reassuring narration of Morgan Freeman lets us know these lucky orphans will have a fighting chance for survival after taking their first steps -- or swings -- back into the wild.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Given the sheer scale of the format, Imax provides an ideal context in which to experience 3D, allowing the eyes to wander about each periphery-filling frame and focus on whatever catches our interest, the way we do in the real world.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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While there's an important story here - how these two women take in endangered animals with the intention of later releasing them back into the wild - the main attraction is the general adorableness.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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One way or another you'll find yourself saying, "Awwwwww."

June 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Beliefnet
Beliefnet

Incredibly moving. Even if you don't have a three-story screen in your home, the film still works marvelously.

April 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Does a remarkable job of putting the viewer right with elephants in the Kenyan savannah and orangutans in the lush jungles of Borneo.

April 7, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

It's entertaining, poignant, educational (at least for kids), inspirational, and certainly beautiful to look at.

April 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Few will be unmoved by the two women's courage and persistence, though Morgan Freeman's intoning voiceover is less persuasive.

June 17, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A nice family outing, this, but those after an in-depth discussion had better look elsewhere.

June 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

It's just 40 minutes long, but in that short time it produces more "awwww" moments than any feature-length film to hit theaters this year.

April 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Neither soppy nor schmaltzy, Born to Be Wild is a fascinating glimpse into another dimension of our world

April 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

There are plenty of ooh and ah moments in this splendid documentary for all ages in which we are privileged to enter a special world where orphaned baby elephants and orang-utans are nurtured

April 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

In Born to be Wild, the milk of human kindness nourishes the animals. And the audience.

April 23, 2011 Full Review Source: tonymacklin.net
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Invites you on a thrilling IMAX 3D cinematic safari to wildlife 'orphanages' in Kenya and Borneo, where baby elephants and orangutans are nurtured and trained to return to the wild.

April 18, 2011 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

Trades on an indisputable fact: Ecologically friendly movies about cute animals are just about impossible to resist.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

'Born to Be Wild' is one of the finest films of the year. Anyone who ever has loved an animal in a wild environment (or, for that matter, shared a home with one) must see this extraordinary movie about animal rescue.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: KWQC-TV (Iowa)
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

... unusually deft for a 40-minute documentary ...

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

There are three certainties in life: death, taxes, and Morgan Freeman's voice.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

I'm a fan of the diorama approach [to 3D], but Born to Be Wild makes the case that a nature documentary in IMAX 3D can and perhaps should bring us as close to the action as possible.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

David Lickely's work as a director is impressive and intimate, and the use of the 3D helps make it feel like you're there in the environments with these animals.

April 12, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix
HitFix

What it lacks in length, the 45-minute movie makes up in entertainment value.

April 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

This may make me sound like less of a man, but I'm going to say it anyway: Born to Be Wild is by far the most adorable movie I've seen in the theater in a long time.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Watertown Daily Times
Watertown Daily Times

Audience Reviews for Born To Be Wild

Morgan Freeman: This story is like a fairy tale, except it's entirely true.

I feel that there may be too little to talk about here, as the film is both fairly self explanatory and only lasts for 40 minutes, but I will try my best. Born to Be Wild 3D is an IMAX nature documentary from Warner Bros. Pictures, which has been shot in 3D, using IMAX and 4K digital cameras. The film is incredibly simplistic, but effective in what it tries to show in such a short span of time. While very beautifully shot and interesting in its storytelling, the only dilemma I have is trying to distinguish whether it is truly a film worth recommending to see, given IMAX prices. The experience for viewing this film would be unique to such a theater, but I am not sure if there is enough that requires the attention of all audiences.

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April 5, 2011
DrZeek

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Gorgeous and truly touching. Anything involving elephants should be a four star slam dunk for me at minimum. So why stop at 3 and a half? The length is ridiculously short. The amount of footage not used must have been tremendous. Why not let the audience see more? Both subjects have had hour long documentaries done on them in the past. Let us see more of the antics.
May 10, 2012
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