Born Free Reviews

July 6, 2010
Gerald L. C. Copley has done a first rate adaptation of the true story of Joy Adamson, who with hubby George involuntarily domesticated several pet lions.
May 9, 2005
Without minimizing the facts of animal life or overly sentimentalizing them, this film casts an enchantment that is just about irresistible.
December 28, 2018
...a warm, melancholy tearjerker both immediate in its emotion and timeless in its theme.
January 9, 2016
Director James Hill tackles the material in a manner that relies more on naturalistic behavior than cheap theatrics (i.e. no scenes of Elsa covering her eyes with her paws after a human does something imbecilic).
October 21, 2015
Beautifully shot, brilliantly scored by John Barry and sensitively staged by director James Hill, this charming adaptation of Joy Adamson's bestseller is one of the great animal films.
October 21, 2015
The nature photography is excellent, and real-life husband and wife McKenna and Travers are very good, their genuine affection transferring to the screen.
September 6, 2011
A compelling classic nature story with some animal violence.
April 26, 2011
A popular family film, also known for its Oscar-winning score and song
January 1, 2011
A compelling classic nature story.
April 26, 2005