African Cats Reviews

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Grae Drake
June 3, 2011
Granted, not even Morgan Freeman could make the African Cats narration endurable, but Jackson really suffers his way through it, alternating between cloyingly overplaying things and rattling off sentences in a bored monotone.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
April 28, 2011
A really odd choice of subject matter for a children's documentary.
Alonso Duralde
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
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 22, 2011
"African Cats," while often adorable and at times gripping, is more of a TV-ready experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 20, 2011
Far too often, African Cats feels episodic in its structure. Rather than featuring a driving, compelling narrative, it's: cheetah vs. gazelle. And then: hyena vs. cheetah. And then: lion vs. crocodile. Who will win???
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
April 26, 2012
An attempt the dramatise the animal world which just feels cheap and unworkable. A drag.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Willie Waffle
April 22, 2011
One has to wonder if the script was written first, then the footage was filmed to make that script come to life, instead of the other way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 21, 2011
Imagine ten Shirley Temples singing "Animal Crackers in My Soup" while pawing at rainbow-colored balls of yarn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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
Adam Nayman
April 20, 2011
That African Cats baldly assigns human personality traits to its feline stars is no surprise; what's shocking is that a nature documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson could be so bland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2011
The ghetto narration would have us believe that the lives of African cats is not unlike the lives of...people living in the ghetto?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dustin Putman
April 21, 2011
Creatively mishandled to the point of making a mockery of its own brand.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Philip French
Observer [UK]
April 28, 2012
It's Kiplingesque nursery ethology, and one distrusts the editing.
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
Stephanie Zacharek
April 21, 2011
African Cats doesn't quite do justice to its strange and remarkable subjects. It gets them ready for their close-ups, all right. But it stops short of seeing through to their souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 5.5/10
Dave White
April 22, 2011
Blame whoever decided to scrap cold scientific reality for warm mommy-and-her-precious-cubs heartwarmth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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-
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
Cynthia Fuchs
May 1, 2011
Like so many family-targeting animal documentaries since March of the Penguins, this one tells a story of parents and children.
Peter Bradshaw
April 26, 2012
Some nice moments here, but this is a film that looks like a kids' TV featurette from an earlier age.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
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