an extraordinary achievement
| Original Score: 3.5/4
There's some heartbreaking stuff here but also moments of triumph. Not to mention visuals that will leave audiences breathless.
| Original Score: 3/4
It's uplifting, but also raw and brutal.
| Original Score: 4/5
A gorgeous looking film filled with the sort of footage one can only get with patience and persistence.
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.
Visually stunning nature docu has some upsetting scenes.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
This nature documentary about the vanishing lions of Africa is not your children's Lion King.
This is National Geographic writ raw for effect, and "The Last Lions" suffers for it.
| Original Score: 2/4
Wrenching and wondrous, Dereck and Beverly Joubert's documentary The Last Lions is not a tale for the faint-hearted.
While "The Last Lions" lacks the visceral excitement of some other survival dramas, it has anthropomorphic heart to spare.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
If something can be done to save these last lions, this sort of honest appraisal is exactly the first step we need.
Quite possibly the most emotionally wrenching, stunningly beautiful film I've yet to encounter - fiction or otherwise.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
It's all very melodramatic, but the Jouberts accompany this story with incredible visuals, with an exceptional level of access.
An astonishing visual experience and at times almost profoundly suspenseful.
The Last Lions turns Duba Island into a theater of survival, love, and adaptation.
A great way to go on a safari without ever leaving the multiplex.
| Original Score: B+
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.