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Chimpanzee Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star
May 10, 2013
It's beautifully photographed, whimsically narrated by Tim Allen and keeps completely schtum about the rough sex and the cannibalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 5, 2013
As a primate primer for the younger end of the family market, Chimpanzee does a good job of inspiring awe in our closest cousins and doesn't stint on harsh "circle of life" lessons ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
May 5, 2013
The presentation makes one wince, and the most striking footage is some behind-the-scenes shots that accompany the credits.
Tara Brady
Irish Times
May 5, 2013
Chimpanzees share 96 per cent of our DNA and a common Pan Prior ancestry. We'll bet they're embarrassed to admit as much when they see this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
May 4, 2013
With no sign of Tarzan there's little genuine drama in Chimpanzee and this film probably won't save any rainforests, but it's heartfelt, beautifully shot and you'll never use a nutcracker without thinking of little Oscar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 3, 2013
Cuteness proximity alert! Cuteness proximity alert!
Derek Malcolm
This is London
May 3, 2013
Words (narration by Tim Allen) and syrupy music let it down but it's still great to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
May 3, 2013
The final five minutes give location interviews with the hardworking camera crew, and this is the only time when this plasticky film comes alive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 2, 2013
Even by the standards of sentimental nature documentaries, Disney's Chimpanzee borders on the pathetic.
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
May 2, 2013
The chimpanzees play to their stereotype in this charming documentary that's beautiful to watch and often funny, however Tim Allen's jovial voiceover can be rather irritating after a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
May 2, 2013
Clever editing enhances the drama, while time-lapse sequences and crystal-clear photography complete a captivating picture of jungle life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Damon Smith
Birmingham Post
April 30, 2013
Linfield and Fothergill, colleagues from the BBC Natural History unit, who worked together on the series Planet Earth, remain cheerful throughout. Their passion for Mother Nature shines through in every frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Paul Gallagher
The List
April 30, 2013
Scenes of chimps bending and weaving tree-branches to create makeshift beds, or the touching moments of Oscar's first attempt to climb a tree unaided will provoke wonder and fascination in adults and children alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
April 28, 2013
Gives us a hero to root for, but it's not coy on the tougher side of the natural world either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ken McIntyre
Total Film
April 22, 2013
Chimpanzee intermittently veers into Disney-esque cheese - seriously, a 'bad' monkey named Scar? - but is otherwise a delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 11, 2012
Disney finally found a voice for this series, and they did it by going back to what made them successful in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
For some reason, Disney thought it would be a brilliant idea to have overrated and "shoot me in my face" irritating actor/comedian Tim Allen to talk over the ape action. What a horrible idea!
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
May 4, 2012
We get a dumbed-down narration (by Tim Allen) that telegraphs what the audience should be feeling at every second.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 3, 2012
Has the makings of a great nature documentary … If only Allen didn't keep elbowing us in the ribs to make sure that we get it.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
May 2, 2012
Little Oscar's life is by definition eventful, as each day holds risk, from predators and weather and scarcity of food.
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