• Unrated, 40 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Tim Liversedge
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 2007 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 7, 2004
  • Destination Cinema


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Roar: Lions of the Kalahari Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2007
Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

| Original Score: 2/4

February 11, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Circle of life lesson for A simple story, eloquently told, with lovely and humongous pictures.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

March 14, 2008
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press

February 2, 2007
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

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

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

July 20, 2007
Susan Granger

Full Review Source: Modamag.com | Original Score: 8/10

December 17, 2004
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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

Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 4/5

May 13, 2005
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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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.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

March 9, 2007
Vince Koehler
Entertainment Spectrum

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

Full Review Source: Entertainment Spectrum | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 25, 2004
Louise Kennedy
Boston Globe
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Thrilling and beautiful to watch.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 19, 2004
Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: A

May 19, 2004
Jim Carnes
Sacramento Bee

At once informative and entertaining.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

May 19, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

April 21, 2005
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

A feast for eye and ear.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

May 19, 2004
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

November 12, 2004
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

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.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 8/10

October 14, 2005
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

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.

| Original Score: 3/4

July 13, 2007
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

Impressively filmed with good action, a compellingly dramatic story line with simply great lion shots, Roar is improved with the added dimension.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 18, 2007
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 4/5

April 4, 2011

Dallas Morning News
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Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

May 28, 2007
Ken Eisner
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