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Chimpanzee Reviews

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 20, 2012
Those hungering for rare footage of our cousins playing and foraging, fighting or fleeing are in for a number of treats.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
April 20, 2012
Of course, if you're a fan of old-school Disney True-Life Adventure tales like "Joker: The Amiable Ocelot," then you're used to this sort of sanitizing of the world's rougher edges.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
April 20, 2012
Walt Disney himself couldn't have scripted "Chimpanzee" any better.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 20, 2012
It's really a wonder of nature, a reminder of how we are bound to other species and how valuable and special and downright magical their lives are. It may be a bit corny at times, but it's also downright enlightening.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
One wonders whether more than a few viewers won't want to take home a baby chimp after seeing the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 20, 2012
We don't see footage of different chimps and have to pretend it's the same; this is one fellow, from one clan, trying to survive.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 20, 2012
Produced in association with the Jane Goodall Institute, "Chimpanzee" is an eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 20, 2012
Unfortunately, when so many strings have been pulled along the way, Oscar's triumph feels contrived for dramatic impact, even though it really happened.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2012
The stunning and mostly uncompromising visuals more than compensate for the frequent corny turns of phrase.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2012
[It] might as well be called "Simply Irresistible," because thanks to the mischievous monkeyshines of a baby chimp named Oscar, it comes pretty close.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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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
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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
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
April 19, 2012
Combines astonishingly vivid and intimate footage of animal life with narration that sometimes crosses the line between accessible and intrusive.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 19, 2012
With its emphasis on entertainment rather than edification, the film occupies a warm-and-fuzzy middle ground between "The Jungle Book" and Animal Planet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 19, 2012
All audiences stand to be charmed except those grouches who prefer their animals to be valued as animals rather than as furry little people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
April 19, 2012
It has plenty of charm and is filled with astonishingly intimate footage worth seeing on the big screen but is sketchy on details and dumbed down by cutsy, anthropomorphizing narration.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 19, 2012
Fothergill and Linfield really do capture some awesome footage of the chimpanzees in the wild. Who knew watching them crack nuts with sticks and rocks could be so entertaining? Or use a stick to eat ants?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 19, 2012
It's never less than remarkable to lay eyes upon. But it feels more ... contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 19, 2012
Unlike the hyper-edited fare on TV's Animal Planet, "Chimpanzee" lets everyone feel like a mini-Jane Goodall.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
The makers of "Chimpanzee" appear to have captured a lot of genuine and genuinely lovely footage of instinctive compassion among animals.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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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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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Benjamin Mercer
Village Voice
April 17, 2012
Strictly from a nature-doc angle, Chimpanzee is impressive stuff.
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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.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
April 16, 2012
As expected, the primate behavior on display is fascinating, as deftly framed by the filmmakers; one could watch this band of apes make tools and crack nuts for hours.
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
April 13, 2012
Chimpanzee gives us a fully smoothed-out story -- about an orphan ape named Oscar -- populated with chimps so cute and Disney-fied that you half expect them to break out in an Alan Menken song.
Full Review | Original Score: B