Born To Be Wild (2011) - Rotten Tomatoes

Born To Be Wild (2011)



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

Movie Info

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 elephant authority Dame Daphne Sheldrick, as they and their teams rescue, rehabilitate and return these incredible animals back to the wild.-- (C) Warner Brosmore
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Drew Fellman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 17, 2012
Box Office: $24.4M
Warner Bros./IMAX - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Born To Be Wild

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (18)

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.

Full Review… | January 4, 2012
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

A decent weekend diversion, this IMAX documentary is cute enough to engage your kids, while teaching them the most basic lessons in ecological responsibility.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
New York Daily News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

One way or another you'll find yourself saying, "Awwwwww."

Full Review… | June 15, 2012

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

Full Review… | April 17, 2012
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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.


Aaron Neuwirth

Super Reviewer


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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

A lighthearted, environmentalist romp that is sure to have the female audience saying, "Awww...they're so cute."

A Lai

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