Jane (2017)


Critic Consensus: Jane honors its subject's legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work.


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Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall - a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists.

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Like so many women in pursuit of their studies, Goodall had to tolerate being studied herself.

Jan 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's most evocative as a memorable portrait of a woman, both in youth and late life, who always knew what she wanted - and who, in doing so, helped make the world a better place.

Nov 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Perhaps we've all been spoilt by 'Blue Planet', but that original footage doesn't feel strong enough stretched out over 90 minutes.

Nov 20, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Jane is Brett Morgen's gorgeous, convincing new documentary on Jane Goodall, the one-time ape watcher and current UN messenger of peace.

Nov 10, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Goodall has left her mark on the world and this documentary ably and engagingly celebrates that legacy.

Nov 9, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Writer-director Brett Morgen makes the most of both the find and his still-living subject: image and story alike are packed with rich color and affecting detail.

Nov 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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