The Elephant In The Living Room Reviews

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Matt Pais
RedEye
April 14, 2011
Throws bits of information at random, like an exotic pet chucking you-know-what.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 7, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 8, 2011
Explores the growing trend of treating dangerous animals as just another household pet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2011
The documentary isn't about presenting a balanced opinion, but creating an ideological four-alarm fire about this epidemic of irresponsibility and arrogance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 30, 2011
"The Elephant in the Living Room" is damning, but also very sad. These stories, as Harrison points out, never have a happy ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 15, 2011
alarming and heartbreaking documentary ... examines the small but apparently rapidly growing subculture of people who keep exotic animals as pets.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
April 1, 2011
As engrossing as it is emotionally charged.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
March 31, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
HollywoodChicago.com
April 13, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Danny Minton
Fort Bend Sun
September 19, 2011
Incredibly informational, interesting and profoundly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
April 12, 2011
Kudos to producer/director Michael Webber for delivering such an emotional, enlightening and gripping documentary about the dangers of keeping wild animals as pets.
Matt Singer
IFC.com
March 31, 2011
The Elephant in the Living Room goes a bit overboard with the sensationalistic news clips... but Brumfield's story is deeply affecting
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 31, 2011
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.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 14, 2011
The documentary shoots fish in a barrel -- or maybe snakes in Tupperware -- but it does so with gripping, maddening, well-told stories.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
March 2, 2011
Hits the sweet spot of being entertaining, informative, and deeply moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
March 31, 2011
This impeccably made film is chock-full of enlightening and sometimes bizarre moments...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Maitland McDonagh
Film Journal International
April 1, 2011
Sympathetic but clear-eyed documentary...about the rewards and liabilities of America's growing fascination with exotic pets...
Barbara Goslawski
Boxoffice Magazine
April 2, 2011
Lions and tigers and bears -- oh my! Even the requisite venomous snakes chew up the scenery in this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
April 6, 2011
Love is messy, unfathomable, and occasionally lethal, as this low-budget, benignly prosaic exposť of the trade in non-domesticated animals proves.
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