One Lucky Elephant Reviews

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August 5, 2019
You'll find no truer or more empathetic documentary on the big screen this year.
April 21, 2012
An extraordinary movie about inter-species relationships, and the beauty, enrichment and, ultimately, constraints of those bonds.
August 18, 2011
Simple enough to delight a child and complex enough to baffle a philosopher.
June 23, 2011
How affected are these animals by the physical pain of being trained or by childhood trauma? Can they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder? What can trigger that if they can? All these questions are raised and, quite appropriately, left open.
June 22, 2011
What begins as a simple man-and-his-pachyderm love story ends up encompassing unexpected levels of trauma and sacrifice.
June 21, 2011
A heartwarming and thought-provoking documentary, spanning almost a full decade, that tacitly asks tough questions about whether wild animals can ever be expected to be truly content in captivity.
June 17, 2011
You might be left to wonder just how "lucky" Flora the African elephant is, while watching Lisa Leeman's documentary about the fate of said orphaned pachyderm.
June 13, 2011
June 12, 2011
Both illuminates the bond that can form between humans and animals and also reminds us that we can never quite leap over the gulf of comprehension that lies between us and other species.
June 11, 2011
Illustrating the dangers of anthropomorphizing wild animals, it shows the perils of adopting, separating and letting go - for both parent and pet.
June 10, 2011
Flora is a gorgeous creature, truly gorgeous, and it is something to behold the affectionate relationship between the elephant and her keeper.
Top Critic
June 9, 2011
While its story is inherently bittersweet, the movie has many charming moments. After all, it's about one smart elephant.
June 9, 2011
One Lucky Elephant is a poignant documentary whose simple premise masks a substantial emotional wallop...
June 9, 2011
This superbly informative, affecting documentary about an undying bond between man and beast may well be the most moving film of 2011.
June 9, 2011
reveals how the psyche consequentially rationalizes and copes with the dissolution of domesticated hierarchy
June 8, 2011
An often captivating documentary that will tug at your heartstrings, especially if you're an animal lover
June 8, 2011
A documentary about Flora a retired circus elephant that turns into a complex and compelling meditation on interspecies relationships; one of the Best Films of 2011.
June 8, 2011
Happily, while this movie's head may not always be in the right place, its heart is...
June 8, 2011
We hear fascinating testimonies about whether the animals are more emotional or instinctive creatures.
June 8, 2011
It's really just the story of two friends - one with a black top hat, and the other with a long gray trunk.
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