Chimpanzee Reviews

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Michelle Orange
Movieline
April 28, 2012
Many of the images speak for themselves, to the extent that with a little more creative editing and narrative restraint Chimpanzee could work as a silent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 27, 2012
Don't be fooled: The humans are the only ones mugging here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 26, 2012
The chimp is adorable and the movie is just okay. It needed something to make it special and not just good.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
April 25, 2012
While Tim Allen grates a bit, kids will probably be all stoked to hear Buzz Lightyear talking about chimps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 25, 2012
A pleasant family entertainer sure to stimulate young minds into learning more about the world's wildlife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Miles Howard
Boston Phoenix
April 25, 2012
Combines breathtaking wildlife footage with silly, self-conscious voiceover narration aimed at preschoolers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 23, 2012
Heart-warming and family-friendly, marred only by the banal, cloyingly cute narration which anthropomorphizes the primates.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 22, 2012
[VIDEO] The true story of Oscar, an abandoned infant chimpanzee left to fend for himself in Africa's jungle wilderness, is at the heart of this stunning documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kate Erbland
Film School Rejects
April 21, 2012
Technically speaking, the film is breathtaking -- made up of crisp and clear long shots, intimate peeks inside the rainforest, and a wealth of consistently used time-lapse footage that is jaw-dropping.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 20, 2012
Two opposable thumbs up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 20, 2012
touching, exhilarating, and enlightening in unexpected ways
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 20, 2012
Easily the most cohesive release from DisneyNature. It's also comfortable being a smaller movie, keeping to the limited range of the rainforest where the chimpanzees live.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 20, 2012
You'd have to be Attila the Hun not to think this little guy is worth watching.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 20, 2012
Unfortunately, the directors missed an opportunity to bring attention to the fact that the chimpanzee population has been reduced by some 80 per cent.
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 20, 2012
Those hungering for rare footage of our cousins playing and foraging, fighting or fleeing are in for a number of treats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks
April 20, 2012
Older kids and grownups will be especially impressed with behind-the-scenes footage that is shown at the end of the picture, where we see some of the techniques that directors...Fothergill and...Linfield employ to capture their amazing footage.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 20, 2012
Of course, if you're a fan of old-school Disney True-Life Adventure tales like "Joker: The Amiable Ocelot," then you're used to this sort of sanitizing of the world's rougher edges.
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
April 20, 2012
Chimp 'adoption' documentary has some scary moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mathew DeKinder
Suburban Journals of St. Louis
April 20, 2012
At a light and lean 78 minutes, Chimpanzee is perfect family fare as kids will love watching the antics of the young chimps, and just before they figure out its educational, the credits are rolling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jim Judy
Screen It!
April 20, 2012
A gorgeous looking film that manages to survive its anthropomorphization and the related narration by Tim Allen that, quite frankly, sticks out like a sore thumb. (Full Content Movie Review for Parents also available)
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