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Born To Be Wild (2011)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 4.1/5
User Ratings: 10,651


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 … More

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Apr 17, 2012
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Critic Reviews for Born To Be Wild

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (48) | Rotten (1) | DVD (3)

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

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
Washington Post
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
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.

Full Review… | April 7, 2012

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

Full Review… | April 4, 2012
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review… | June 17, 2011
This is London

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

Full Review… | June 16, 2011

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.

Full Review… | April 27, 2011

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

Full Review… | April 23, 2011
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

Full Review… | April 23, 2011
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | April 23, 2011

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.

Full Review… | April 18, 2011

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

Full Review… | April 15, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
KWQC-TV (Iowa)

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

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review… | April 13, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 12, 2011

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

Full Review… | April 10, 2011
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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2011
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.


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

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