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The Last Lions Reviews

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

an extraordinary achievement

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 27, 2012
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

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

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

April 4, 2011
Dennis Harvey
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Full Review Source: Variety

April 4, 2011
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly

It's uplifting, but also raw and brutal.

Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly | Original Score: 4/5

March 31, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A gorgeous looking film filled with the sort of footage one can only get with patience and persistence.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/4

March 30, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

March 25, 2011
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Visually stunning nature docu has some upsetting scenes.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 18, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

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

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

March 18, 2011
Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

March 17, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Wrenching and wondrous, Dereck and Beverly Joubert's documentary The Last Lions is not a tale for the faint-hearted.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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While "The Last Lions" lacks the visceral excitement of some other survival dramas, it has anthropomorphic heart to spare.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 11, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2011
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 11, 2011
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 10, 2011
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's all very melodramatic, but the Jouberts accompany this story with incredible visuals, with an exceptional level of access.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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An astonishing visual experience and at times almost profoundly suspenseful.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2011
Zak Jason
Boston Phoenix

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

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

March 2, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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A great way to go on a safari without ever leaving the multiplex.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: B+

February 26, 2011
Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 23, 2011
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