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The Elephant In The Living Room Reviews

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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
April 28, 2011
An exceptionally compassionate, fair-minded film that clearly states, beyond any rational benefit of the doubt, that raising potentially dangerous animals as pets is destructive to animals and humans alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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+
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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
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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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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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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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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
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Peter Debruge
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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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