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Chimpanzee Reviews

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

Chimpanzees share 96 per cent of our DNA and a common Pan Prior ancestry. We'll bet they're embarrassed to admit as much when they see this.

Full Review Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 5, 2013
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

The astonishing footage of apes in their natural environment is made perfectly accessible and then nearly undone by a narration track that plays to the audience's basest desires for gag-inducing cuteness.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 16, 2012
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

For some reason, Disney thought it would be a brilliant idea to have overrated and "shoot me in my face" irritating actor/comedian Tim Allen to talk over the ape action. What a horrible idea!

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2012
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Some privileged nature footage from the African rain forest is dishonored by deeply silly narration in Chimpanzee.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

April 16, 2012
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

While it goes without saying that all nature documentaries are handled with some degree of editorial magic to come alive, Chimpanzee feels overly finessed, demanding to be loved instead of aspiring to inform.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: C

April 19, 2012
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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In seeking to make frothy entertainment out of the growing pains of an orphaned baby chimp named Oscar, with an insipid story and almost mocking narration by Tim Allen, it runs counter to its professed scientific intentions.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

April 19, 2012
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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It's unfortunate that the filmmakers juxtapose those striking visuals with a warlike anthropomorphizing element.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

April 19, 2012
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Even by the standards of sentimental nature documentaries, Disney's Chimpanzee borders on the pathetic.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

May 2, 2013
Matt Pais
RedEye

The point of these movies should be to observe reality, not to shape reality into the equivalent of a cute animated movie.

Full Review Source: RedEye | Original Score: 2/4

April 19, 2012
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...the narration includes unnecessary jokey head balloon comments and strained attempts at drama.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

April 19, 2012
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

I would have preferred a straightforward nature documentary examining the clan life of chimpanzees instead of an animal story given human trappings with the narrator [Tim Allen]literally putting words in their mouths.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: C

April 20, 2012
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Resurrects some of the worst traits of the studio's True-Life Adventures series of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, dubiously shaping some amazing footage with cornball narration that relentlessly anthropomorphizes its simian subjects.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 20, 2012
Dan Hudak
Orlando Weekly

In the absence of narrative, directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield fall back on the prevalent nature-TV escape hatch of anthropomorphizing what would otherwise be dull.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 2/5

April 18, 2012
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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To experience "Chimpanzee," the latest piece of gorgeously shot pablum from Disneynature, is to endure an orgy of cuteness pasted over some of the most asinine narration ever to ruin a wildlife movie.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

April 19, 2012
Dustin Putman
DustinPutman.com

It's particularly telling when the footage playing during the end credits is better and more insightful than anything in the film proper.

Full Review Source: DustinPutman.com | Original Score: 2/4

April 19, 2012
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The presentation makes one wince, and the most striking footage is some behind-the-scenes shots that accompany the credits.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 5, 2013
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

Don't be fooled: The humans are the only ones mugging here.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

April 27, 2012
David Fear
Time Out New York
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No one's asking for a somber account of simian life, but perhaps Buzz Lightyear could keep quiet for a bit and let the monkey business speak for itself.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

April 17, 2012
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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It isn't easy to insult the intelligence of preschoolers, but Chimpanzee's insistence on turning the two gangs into the Sharks and the Jets does the job long before Allen lapses into his Home Improvement grunting.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

April 19, 2012
Mark Jenkins
NPR
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Perhaps the best strategy for enjoying the movie would be to a) leave sensitive tykes at home and b) bring a portable music player to provide an alternative soundtrack.

Full Review Source: NPR

April 19, 2012
Drew Taylor
The Playlist
April 20, 2012
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