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Chimpanzee Reviews

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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
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
April 16, 2012
The astonishing footage of apes in their natural environment is made perfectly accessible and then nearly undone by a narration track that plays to the audience's basest desires for gag-inducing cuteness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
April 16, 2012
Some privileged nature footage from the African rain forest is dishonored by deeply silly narration in Chimpanzee.
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 19, 2012
While it goes without saying that all nature documentaries are handled with some degree of editorial magic to come alive, Chimpanzee feels overly finessed, demanding to be loved instead of aspiring to inform.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
April 19, 2012
In seeking to make frothy entertainment out of the growing pains of an orphaned baby chimp named Oscar, with an insipid story and almost mocking narration by Tim Allen, it runs counter to its professed scientific intentions.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 19, 2012
It's unfortunate that the filmmakers juxtapose those striking visuals with a warlike anthropomorphizing element.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 2, 2013
Even by the standards of sentimental nature documentaries, Disney's Chimpanzee borders on the pathetic.
Matt Pais
RedEye
April 19, 2012
The point of these movies should be to observe reality, not to shape reality into the equivalent of a cute animated movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 19, 2012
...the narration includes unnecessary jokey head balloon comments and strained attempts at drama.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 20, 2012
I would have preferred a straightforward nature documentary examining the clan life of chimpanzees instead of an animal story given human trappings with the narrator [Tim Allen]literally putting words in their mouths.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 20, 2012
Resurrects some of the worst traits of the studio's True-Life Adventures series of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, dubiously shaping some amazing footage with cornball narration that relentlessly anthropomorphizes its simian subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Dan Hudak
Orlando Weekly
April 18, 2012
In the absence of narrative, directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield fall back on the prevalent nature-TV escape hatch of anthropomorphizing what would otherwise be dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 19, 2012
To experience "Chimpanzee," the latest piece of gorgeously shot pablum from Disneynature, is to endure an orgy of cuteness pasted over some of the most asinine narration ever to ruin a wildlife movie.
| Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
April 19, 2012
It's particularly telling when the footage playing during the end credits is better and more insightful than anything in the film proper.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
April 27, 2012
Don't be fooled: The humans are the only ones mugging here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
April 17, 2012
No one's asking for a somber account of simian life, but perhaps Buzz Lightyear could keep quiet for a bit and let the monkey business speak for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
April 19, 2012
It isn't easy to insult the intelligence of preschoolers, but Chimpanzee's insistence on turning the two gangs into the Sharks and the Jets does the job long before Allen lapses into his Home Improvement grunting.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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April 19, 2012
Perhaps the best strategy for enjoying the movie would be to a) leave sensitive tykes at home and b) bring a portable music player to provide an alternative soundtrack.
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