Throws bits of information at random, like an exotic pet chucking you-know-what.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
There's a kind of macho element to the movie that contradicts Harrison's interest in humane treatment with filming the suffering of animals and hoisting a couple of them for the camera.
Spends rather too much time in the troubling company of Terry Brumfield, a barely mobile invalid who houses two full-grown African lions and their four cubs in a trailer in his backyard.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Explores the growing trend of treating dangerous animals as just another household pet.
| Original Score: 2/4
The documentary isn't about presenting a balanced opinion, but creating an ideological four-alarm fire about this epidemic of irresponsibility and arrogance.
"The Elephant in the Living Room" is damning, but also very sad. These stories, as Harrison points out, never have a happy ending.
| Original Score: 3/4
alarming and heartbreaking documentary ... examines the small but apparently rapidly growing subculture of people who keep exotic animals as pets.
| Original Score: 87/100
As engrossing as it is emotionally charged.
The Elephant in the Living Room is structurally scattershot but its evidence is sound and fair, its characters sympathetic and its message, if muddled, is still important and effectively delivered.
| Original Score: 3/5
This fascinating documentary shines a light into an underreported corner of America, the backyards and living rooms that currently house deadly exotic animals that should never have found themselves in captivity at all, much less as pets.
| Original Score: 4/5
Incredibly informational, interesting and profoundly moving.
| Original Score: A-
Kudos to producer/director Michael Webber for delivering such an emotional, enlightening and gripping documentary about the dangers of keeping wild animals as pets.
The Elephant in the Living Room goes a bit overboard with the sensationalistic news clips... but Brumfield's story is deeply affecting
| Original Score: B
Auds can't possibly predict the upsetting twist to Landry's story, nor the welcome surprise that precedes it, but these two scenes are documentary gold.
The documentary shoots fish in a barrel -- or maybe snakes in Tupperware -- but it does so with gripping, maddening, well-told stories.
| Original Score: B+
Hits the sweet spot of being entertaining, informative, and deeply moving.
| Original Score: 4/4
This impeccably made film is chock-full of enlightening and sometimes bizarre moments...
Sympathetic but clear-eyed documentary...about the rewards and liabilities of America's growing fascination with exotic pets...
Lions and tigers and bears -- oh my! Even the requisite venomous snakes chew up the scenery in this film.
Love is messy, unfathomable, and occasionally lethal, as this low-budget, benignly prosaic exposé of the trade in non-domesticated animals proves.