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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
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
London Evening Standard
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
Jennifer Tate
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
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
Michelle Orange
April 28, 2012
Many of the images speak for themselves, to the extent that with a little more creative editing and narrative restraint Chimpanzee could work as a silent film.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jackie K. Cooper
April 26, 2012
The chimp is adorable and the movie is just okay. It needed something to make it special and not just good.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bob Grimm
Tucson Weekly
April 25, 2012
While Tim Allen grates a bit, kids will probably be all stoked to hear Buzz Lightyear talking about chimps.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Dequina
April 25, 2012
A pleasant family entertainer sure to stimulate young minds into learning more about the world's wildlife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Miles Howard
Boston Phoenix
April 25, 2012
Combines breathtaking wildlife footage with silly, self-conscious voiceover narration aimed at preschoolers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 23, 2012
Heart-warming and family-friendly, marred only by the banal, cloyingly cute narration which anthropomorphizes the primates.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Cole Smithey
April 22, 2012
[VIDEO] The true story of Oscar, an abandoned infant chimpanzee left to fend for himself in Africa's jungle wilderness, is at the heart of this stunning documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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