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Monkey Kingdom (2015)



Critic Consensus: Monkey Kingdom's breathtaking footage of primates in the wild is likely to please animal lovers of all ages.

Movie Info

Mark Linfield's nature documentary Monkey Kingdom follows the struggles of a young monkey mother to care for and raise her new baby in the wilds of Southern Asia.more
Rating: G
Genre: Documentary
Directed By: ,
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 15, 2015
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Critic Reviews for Monkey Kingdom

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (20)

This may be an unabashed, Disneyfied version of nature. But it's also fun, touching, and expertly assembled.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

You're likely to laugh and learn in equal measure-and so will your little ones.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015
Top Critic

An enjoyable documentary, with some painless lessons. And a good heart, too ...

Full Review… | April 17, 2015
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

The story of the colony's exile and return feels like a dull sermon, but the animals themselves, with their expressive faces and Moe Howard hairdos, can switch from slapstick to pathos faster than Charlie Chaplin.

Full Review… | April 17, 2015
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Simplistic, but a charming and child-friendly introduction to our cousins in the wild that no zoo could provide, with a monkey heroine whom kids will cheer.

Full Review… | January 21, 2016
Flick Filosopher

Disney knows animals, animated and otherwise, and they prove it again with Monkey Kingdom, the company's eighth in its annual series of Earth Day-related films and the best one yet.

Full Review… | December 18, 2015
Tulsa World

Audience Reviews for Monkey Kingdom

True, Monkey Kingdom heeds closely to the established Disneynature formula of creating family-friendly stories out of beautiful footage from animals in the wild, but Monkey Kingdom also has the advantage of a thoroughly engaging story, perhaps more-so than the other films in the series. What the monkeys lack in adorability, at least compared to the main creatures in last years Bears, they make up for in pure entertainment. These monkeys are fun to watch and interesting in the fact that their lives are dominated by a social structure. This creates almost sympathy out of the lower class heroine Maya and her son Kip. Yes it is a story imbued with Disneyness and even giving Maya a sort of princess tale, but it is also touching and frequently exciting. I do hope though that for their next film, which appears to be Born in China, that Disneynature will branch out of the single location kind of idea and return to Earth and Oceans roots. That being said, Monkey Kingdom is a dose of refreshing family entertainment and will get kids interested in the lives of such rarely seen creatures. Rating: 82

Bradley T. Johnson
Bradley J

Super Reviewer


A thoroughly pleasant documentary to watch, with a real-life story being narrated by Tina Fey. If only Disney releases more films like this!


Very well done in the way it captivates and educates. And Tina Fey as the narrator is the icing on the cake. Monkey Kingdom is an easy watch and makes for an enjoyable viewing experience

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