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African Cats Reviews

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Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 1, 2011
Like so many family-targeting animal documentaries since March of the Penguins, this one tells a story of parents and children.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
April 29, 2011
It's this emphasis on the animals' fates and ordeals, however, that renders this stunningly photographed film a specious work of zoological observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
April 29, 2011
... fascinating nature photography.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
April 28, 2011
A really odd choice of subject matter for a children's documentary.
CT Staff
Christianity Today
April 28, 2011
African Cats succeeds despite its narrative weakness. It features gorgeous close-ups of all kinds of animals; the images and sounds are worth the price of the ticket alone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
April 28, 2011
A beautiful family film that reveals the story of two families, a lion pride and a cheetah mom trying to raise and protect her incredibly adorable cubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
April 27, 2011
Anyone who enjoys looking at these magnificent felines from a safe distance should enjoy the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
April 27, 2011
This G-rated Disney documentary about two wild feline "families" plays like Saw for six-year-olds.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jonathan W. Hickman
Daily Film Fix
April 26, 2011
It is beautifully and intimately captured with brilliant close-ups and crystal clear slow-motion.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Patty Jones
Georgia Straight
April 25, 2011
The filmmakers play us fragile types by alternating "awww" moments of adorable cubs with menace that is, yes, sometimes deadly (generally off-screen).
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 22, 2011
This is one of those movies where everything comes together and works to make a perfect outing for "Earth Day". It is must-see for the entire family.
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
April 22, 2011
This is a film I would eagerly watch again.
Alonso Duralde
Movies.com
April 22, 2011
Older kids and adults will certainly appreciate the cinematography and the majestic overview of life and death in the wild, but bring an iPod and listen to some Ladysmith Black Mambazo instead of the overbearing voice-over.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Daniel Hubschman
Hollywood.com
April 22, 2011
Delightful to behold thanks to breathtaking photography that captures the beauty of the country and a simple story that everyone can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 22, 2011
The animals have names; call it anthropomorphism if you like, but the cat families and their gripping adventures are all the more real to child viewers for that bit of familiarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 22, 2011
Anyone with a fondness for bambinos of any species should melt at the sight of mamas with nuzzling cubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
April 22, 2011
The characters in the latest Disney film frequently attack each other, sometimes eat each other, and spend the whole time running around naked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 22, 2011
Not coincidentally, African Cats opens on Earth Day. Meeting these magnificent fellow creatures might be a fine way to celebrate.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
James Verniere
Boston Herald
April 22, 2011
An attempt to make a live-action nature film with the same sort of emotional wallop as the legendary 1994 animated smash "The Lion King," "African Cats" was doomed to come off as phony.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sandie Angulo Chen
Washington Post
April 22, 2011
"African Cats" prefers less preaching and more heartstring-tugging. It works, of course, especially if you're trying to raise your own cubs to adulthood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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