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Chimpanzee Reviews

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Andy Lea
Daily Star

It's beautifully photographed, whimsically narrated by Tim Allen and keeps completely schtum about the rough sex and the cannibalism.

Full Review Source: Daily Star | Original Score: 3/5

May 10, 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 Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The presentation makes one wince, and the most striking footage is some behind-the-scenes shots that accompany the credits.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

May 5, 2013
Tara Brady
Irish Times

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 Source: Irish Times | Original Score: 2/5

May 5, 2013
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail

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 Source: Birmingham Mail | Original Score: 3/5

May 4, 2013
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

Cuteness proximity alert! Cuteness proximity alert!

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 3, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Words (narration by Tim Allen) and syrupy music let it down but it's still great to watch.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2013
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

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 Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

May 3, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Even by the standards of sentimental nature documentaries, Disney's Chimpanzee borders on the pathetic.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

May 2, 2013
Jennifer Tate

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2013
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Clever editing enhances the drama, while time-lapse sequences and crystal-clear photography complete a captivating picture of jungle life.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 3/5

May 2, 2013
Damon Smith
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 7/10

April 30, 2013
Paul Gallagher
The List

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 Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

April 30, 2013
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine

Gives us a hero to root for, but it's not coy on the tougher side of the natural world either.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 28, 2013
Stephen Carty
Flix Capacitor

It's more aww-inducing than awe-inducing, but there's plenty of chimp-powered charm to go around.

Full Review Source: Flix Capacitor | Original Score: 3.5/5

April 27, 2013
Ken McIntyre
Total Film

Chimpanzee intermittently veers into Disney-esque cheese - seriously, a 'bad' monkey named Scar? - but is otherwise a delight.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

April 22, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 7/10

August 11, 2012
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

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 Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 12, 2012
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

We get a dumbed-down narration (by Tim Allen) that telegraphs what the audience should be feeling at every second.

Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 4, 2012
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

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 Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B

May 3, 2012
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