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African Cats Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
December 22, 2011
Hats off to the camera operators who have captured some astonishing wildlife imagery.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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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+
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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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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 22, 2011
No doubt, life is tough in the wild but, this being a Disney flick, it's loving too and even comes with a kiddie-friendly narrative that's easy to summarize and hard to dispute.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 22, 2011
Kids will love "African Cats," which is full of "aw" moments. Their parents will appreciate that narrator Samuel L. Jackson keeps things from getting too schmaltzy in this true-life depiction of the circle of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 21, 2011
The photography is so spectacular that the accompanying Disney-ization of wildlife is forgiven.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 21, 2011
A visually and aurally stunning film that brings viewers up close and very personal with several "big cat" families - as well as a dazzling array of other safari-esque species - living in Kenya's sprawling Masai Mara National Reserve.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
April 21, 2011
There are surely eight million stories on the naked plains, but "African Cats" tells one: about lions and cheetahs and - oh, Bambi! - the power of mother love.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 21, 2011
It's deeply involving and primally moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
April 21, 2011
Under the direction of BBC wildlife documentary alums Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill, "Cats'' looks majestic throughout, even if its Big Stories are sometimes forced at the expense of fleeting, fascinating little details.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 21, 2011
It's a solid hour and a half of intense stuff you don't see every day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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???
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 20, 2011
It's not a put-down of the darker and more straightforward "Last Lions" to suggest "Cats" is to "Lions" what poetry is to prose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
April 19, 2011
If it maintains a superficially manipulative fašade, the film remains committed to addressing the harsh realities of existence on the plains.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
April 18, 2011
Astounding wildlife footage is given a kid-friendly narrative hook, but never overly cuddlified, in Keith Scholey's African Cats.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 18, 2011
A story-driven wildlife doc where creatures become characters with names so young audiences can appreciate the natural cycles of life -- and death -- in the animal world.