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The Last Lions (2011)

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89

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 2

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A resilient lioness in Botswana's Okavango Delta embarks on an epic journey of survival in this nature documentary from National Geographic and award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions follows Ma di Tau ("Mother of Lions") as she races to get her cubs to safety during a rampaging fire, and fends off ferocious lioness Silver Eye, the murderous matriarch of a rival pride. Crossing crocodile-infested waters on a quest to

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Documentary, Special Interest

Jan 3, 2012

$0.6M

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (5)

Gripping.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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A gorgeous looking film filled with the sort of footage one can only get with patience and persistence.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Many of the sequences are intense, like those in which the lioness refines its hunting strategies in unfamiliar territory. But they're undercut by Jeremy Irons's sonorous narration.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Wrenching and wondrous, Dereck and Beverly Joubert's documentary The Last Lions is not a tale for the faint-hearted.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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While "The Last Lions" lacks the visceral excitement of some other survival dramas, it has anthropomorphic heart to spare.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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No matter how you feel about real-life drama being shaped and enhanced in the editing room, this is wildlife storytelling at its formidable finest.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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an extraordinary achievement

January 27, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

There's some heartbreaking stuff here but also moments of triumph. Not to mention visuals that will leave audiences breathless.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Kansas City Star
Kansas City Star

It's uplifting, but also raw and brutal.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Especially if older kids are already fascinated with wild animals, they'll be mesmerized, and will probably successfully badger you to donate to the cause via text message on the way out of the theater.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Visually stunning nature docu has some upsetting scenes.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This nature documentary about the vanishing lions of Africa is not your children's Lion King.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This is National Geographic writ raw for effect, and "The Last Lions" suffers for it.

March 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

If something can be done to save these last lions, this sort of honest appraisal is exactly the first step we need.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Quite possibly the most emotionally wrenching, stunningly beautiful film I've yet to encounter - fiction or otherwise.

March 11, 2011 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

The Last Lions turns Duba Island into a theater of survival, love, and adaptation.

March 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

So much is contained in the film, from real technical virtuosity to heart-wrenching moments of pathos, that it's a shame it seems satisfied to be so ordinary in other aspects.

February 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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November 18, 2013
Directors Cat
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Interesting documentary which focuses on a lioness named Ma di Tau ("Mother of Lions") as she battles to protect her cubs against the daunting onslaught of enemies to ensure their survival. The film is narrated by (not very inspiring) Jeremy Irons and the underlying message of the film is on the low population of large cats in the world and whether or not Ma di Tau and her cubs are among the last lions... of course if you put $10 out of your pocket somehow you can save them...

My problem with this documentary is that not everything seemed real... yes, I know that the nature could be amazing but some of the events depicted in this story just did not match or made sense, and when you see that final result is very impressive and exiting dramatic effect - you start wondering what else in the story was "touched up".
February 3, 2012
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Panta Oz

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A national geographic documentary follows a lioness into her desperate journey for survival for her and her 3 cubs. Magnificently told/directed by award winning film maker Dereck and Beverly Joubert and magistically narrated by Oscar winner, Jeremy Irons.

Its a must see for a number of reasons, how the law of jungle works and most importantly how human beings are destroying the ecology of these incredible animals.
January 19, 2012
Sundeep Bhat

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