The Meerkats Reviews

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Philip French
Observer [UK]
August 11, 2009
Has some good footage but is more Disney-anthropomorphic than Attenborough-authentic.
Peter Whittle
Sunday Times (UK)
August 11, 2009
Like the real-life natural-world Disney features of yesteryear, there's a huge amount of entertainment to be had, especially for kids, although the imposition of a story and the attribution of various emotions to the creatures can get slightly cloying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 11, 2009
A movie guaranteed to enchant all. Mind you, with a cast this cute, they couldn't really fail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
August 7, 2009
Despite the involvement of a producer from the BBC's Natural History Unit and the late Paul Newman on voiceover duty, 'The Meerkats' is just another run-of-the-mill wildlife foray.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 7, 2009
Visually striking but not a nature documentary for people who like their wildlife presented with the emphasis on knowledge and information, rather than on story, cuteness and anthropomorphism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Wendy Ide
Times [UK]
August 7, 2009
The beauty and intimacy of the material they so painstakingly captured ultimately overrides the mawkish score and sentimental narration.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Catherine Shoard
Guardian
August 7, 2009
"Even the wind has dust in its eyes," remarks Newman, at an especially weepy bit. Others may have trouble keeping them open.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
August 7, 2009
The narrative lags some way behind the beautiful nature photography and the comical majesty of the meerkat on guard, poking his head above a hidey-hole like a periscope over a parapet. These pictures don't really need any words.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
August 7, 2009
A film that is entertaining, informative and filled with irresistibly cute critters.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
August 7, 2009
An engaging, beautifully shot wildlife drama with undeniably cute subjects, but you can't help wishing the film had probed a bit deeper into meerkat society.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 7, 2009
Contains plenty of high drama thanks to some judicious editing and cutting-edge camera work and it avoids sentimentalising nature too much by showing death on screen and weaving in a subtle environmental message.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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