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Roar: Lions of the Kalahari (2007)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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In the last remaining waterhole of Botswana's arid Kalahari Desert, territorial conflict abounds as a powerful lion king attempts to defend his territory against a vicious nomadic lion determined to claim the throne for himself. The Kalahari is a land where water is scarce, and every animal in the region has become locked into a life or death struggle against the harsh and unforgiving elements. Though the current king of the desert presides over the hole with his two lionesses and a litter of

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Sep 7, 2004

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All Critics (22) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (18) | Rotten (2)

Circle of life lesson for A simple story, eloquently told, with lovely and humongous pictures.

March 14, 2008 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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For audiences who only know lions through animated imitations or the bars of a zoo, this film commands respect for these magnificent creatures in the wild, whether plotting, nurturing, roaring, resting or leaping and snatching an antelope high in the air.

March 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
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[Director Tim Liversedge] truly knows his stuff when it comes to shooting wildlife -- he gets so close to some of the lions that we expect their breath to fog up the lens. Now he just needs to work on finding a story worthy of his pictures.

February 2, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a fascinating 40 minutes, packed with gorgeous close-ups of giraffes, zebras and even buzzards, images that should delight children and reassure those adults who fear that the world has been tamed. Not just yet.

April 21, 2005 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Thrilling and beautiful to watch.

November 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Roar: Lions of the Kalahari has a plot worthy of a Shakespearean tragedy and the epic sweep of a David Lean film, but these lions are regally real.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Impressively filmed with good action, a compellingly dramatic story line with simply great lion shots, Roar is improved with the added dimension.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

The 3-D effects are impressive...but hardly necessary; Liversedge's film is strong enough even without them...

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

A certain majesty is conveyed by the cinematic largess. In three dimensions, the imperial nature of the lion is fleshed out. It's akin to the difference between seeing a magazine photograph of a lion and encountering one at the zoo.

July 13, 2007
Sacramento Bee

If William Shakespeare were alive and making nature movies, Lions 3-D is the sort of movie he'd make.

February 2, 2007 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

There isn't much new in the documentary, but the standard-issue nature lessons are heightened through the filmmaker's impressive close-ups, which seem even more intriguing on the big screen.

October 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

A startlingly strong narrative structure that really grabs hold, giving the lions personalities without humanising them.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

For those who can take it, the film offers an experience that's literally wild.

February 11, 2005
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

It's an old TV-nature-show story, but the telling here is crisp, stripped down, unsentimental (save for a cloying score) and startlingly effective.

November 12, 2004 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

This amazing documentary is presented on the huge Imax screen and feels like a real live "Lion King".

May 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum
Entertainment Spectrum

A feast for eye and ear.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

At once informative and entertaining.

May 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

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