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Monkey Kingdom (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Monkey Kingdom's breathtaking footage of primates in the wild is likely to please animal lovers of all ages.

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Mark Linfield's nature documentary Monkey Kingdom follows the struggles of a young monkey mother to care for and raise her new baby in the wilds of Southern Asia.

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Tina Fey
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Critic Reviews for Monkey Kingdom

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (20)

This may be an unabashed, Disneyfied version of nature. But it's also fun, touching, and expertly assembled.

April 17, 2015 | Full Review…
New York Magazine/Vulture
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You're likely to laugh and learn in equal measure-and so will your little ones.

April 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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An enjoyable documentary, with some painless lessons. And a good heart, too ...

April 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newark Star-Ledger
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The story of the colony's exile and return feels like a dull sermon, but the animals themselves, with their expressive faces and Moe Howard hairdos, can switch from slapstick to pathos faster than Charlie Chaplin.

April 17, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
Globe and Mail
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"Monkey Kingdom" clocks in at a very digestible 82 minutes and doesn't overstay its welcome. It doesn't monkey around - that's left to the film's subjects, who are more than happy to oblige.

April 17, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Detroit News
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Stick around for the credits to find out how pivotal scenes were shot for this worthy addition to Disney's long tradition of nature family films.

April 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Toronto Star
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Audience Reviews for Monkey Kingdom

True, Monkey Kingdom heeds closely to the established Disneynature formula of creating family-friendly stories out of beautiful footage from animals in the wild, but Monkey Kingdom also has the advantage of a thoroughly engaging story, perhaps more-so than the other films in the series. What the monkeys lack in adorability, at least compared to the main creatures in last years Bears, they make up for in pure entertainment. These monkeys are fun to watch and interesting in the fact that their lives are dominated by a social structure. This creates almost sympathy out of the lower class heroine Maya and her son Kip. Yes it is a story imbued with Disneyness and even giving Maya a sort of princess tale, but it is also touching and frequently exciting. I do hope though that for their next film, which appears to be Born in China, that Disneynature will branch out of the single location kind of idea and return to Earth and Oceans roots. That being said, Monkey Kingdom is a dose of refreshing family entertainment and will get kids interested in the lives of such rarely seen creatures. Rating: 82

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