The Fox & the Child Reviews

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Don Groves
sbs.com.au
January 3, 2011
A gentle, rambling adventure in the wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
July 30, 2009
Falls shy of being either a captivating tale for kids or an enlightening documentary for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
July 17, 2009
The result is Nature seen through the eyes of a solitary and fanciful child with Jacquet intensifying the theatricality of it all by playing around with scale, amplifying every sound and raising the wildlife count.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Evan Williams
The Australian
July 17, 2009
The Fox and the Child is more than a wildlife documentary. It invites us to contemplate alternative worlds of sensation and experience, to enter the consciousness of other species, to explore our contacts with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
July 10, 2009
There's plenty of scope for sentimental tears, but I hope most children will go away with something punchier - a longing to observe the natural world in this much detail, and a new respect for the difference between owning something, and loving it.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 8, 2009
It's very beautiful, but it's so contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
July 8, 2009
Luc Jacquet doesn't do great narration, but he does animals really well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Amy Wheeler
FILMINK (Australia)
July 7, 2009
A strange mix of doco/fairy tale, this film does have beautiful cinematography but is let down by inconsistencies in tone.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 4, 2009
Exquisite cinematography and a beautifully told story about the unlikely friendship between a little girl and a wild fox, make this a magical experience
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 1, 2009
If, for example, Alvin and the Chipmunks is a children's movie, then The Fox and the Child is a children's movie for children who'd prefer to hang out at the local arthouse cinema than at the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Victor Olliver
Teletext
August 11, 2008
The Tally-ho! brigade may need an extra snifter of sherry if they see Jacquet's new film. It's about to do for foxes what Babe did for pigs back in 1995.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 8, 2008
Gorgeously scenery and a virtually dialog-free script lends this film an almost fairy tale quality that makes the most of the astonishing camerawork. And this almost makes it bearable as it heads into a rather cloying finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
August 8, 2008
Children will undoubtedly adore the film, and the local tourist board will probably have to take its phones off the hook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 8, 2008
Kate Winslet does a syrupy voice-over to this bedtime story, but given what we know of foxes, it's a tough one to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 8, 2008
There seems no other reason to tell this rambling, glutinous tale - other than for us to go "ooh, aah" at the scenery, the seasons and the melting-eyed close-ups of Reynard the heart-throb.

Sun Online
August 8, 2008
There is little insight into the life of this resourceful creature and it certainly will not educate your cubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Mirror [UK]
August 8, 2008
The main problem is it's so incredibly slow as we're forced to endure the unnamed girl's patient attempts to gain the animal's trust, while the youngster herself is too wide-eyed for her own good.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
August 8, 2008
This isn't Fantastic Mr Fox, it's just an ordinary vixen who I wished would stay well away from this tiresome child, and let her make some friends with someone of her own age and species.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kate Stables
Total Film
August 8, 2008
Kids will be hooked, but adult viewers may yearn for something a bit racier, with fewer cute field-mice and more fox fucking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
August 8, 2008
Perhaps a shade too long to hold the youngest viewers in permanent thrall, this is a family film in the truest sense - only the grouchiest bear won't find something to like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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