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The Fox & the Child Reviews

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Don Groves
January 3, 2011
A gentle, rambling adventure in the wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Amy Wheeler
FILMINK (Australia)
July 7, 2009
A strange mix of doco/fairy tale, this film does have beautiful cinematography but is let down by inconsistencies in tone.
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
July 8, 2009
It's very beautiful, but it's so contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
August 8, 2008
There seems no other reason to tell this rambling, glutinous tale - other than for us to go "ooh, aah" at the scenery, the seasons and the melting-eyed close-ups of Reynard the heart-throb.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
July 26, 2008
The term 'gentle' is too harsh a word to describe the pace of this tale which is so slow in places it's a wonder moss isn't growing on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
August 8, 2008
Kate Winslet does a syrupy voice-over to this bedtime story, but given what we know of foxes, it's a tough one to swallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kat Brown
Empire Magazine
August 8, 2008
Despite some lovely scenes of foxes doing their thing, the whole affair is ruined by the interfering and rather annoying humans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
August 8, 2008
Gorgeously scenery and a virtually dialog-free script lends this film an almost fairy tale quality that makes the most of the astonishing camerawork. And this almost makes it bearable as it heads into a rather cloying finale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin Maher
Times (UK)
August 8, 2008
All the while Winslet bangs away remorselessly, trying to pull the narrative into focus but pushing the viewer farther from it with each cack-handed observation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
June 1, 2009
If, for example, Alvin and the Chipmunks is a children's movie, then The Fox and the Child is a children's movie for children who'd prefer to hang out at the local arthouse cinema than at the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Bradshaw
August 8, 2008
The twee, simpering voiceover is annoying, and what dialogue there is has been badly dubbed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
August 8, 2008
This isn't Fantastic Mr Fox, it's just an ordinary vixen who I wished would stay well away from this tiresome child, and let her make some friends with someone of her own age and species.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Mirror (UK)
August 8, 2008
The main problem is it's so incredibly slow as we're forced to endure the unnamed girl's patient attempts to gain the animal's trust, while the youngster herself is too wide-eyed for her own good.

The Sun (UK)
August 8, 2008
There is little insight into the life of this resourceful creature and it certainly will not educate your cubs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anders Wotzke
July 30, 2009
Falls shy of being either a captivating tale for kids or an enlightening documentary for adults.
| Original Score: 3/5
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
July 4, 2009
Exquisite cinematography and a beautifully told story about the unlikely friendship between a little girl and a wild fox, make this a magical experience
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
July 8, 2009
Luc Jacquet doesn't do great narration, but he does animals really well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Top Critic
Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
July 10, 2009
There's plenty of scope for sentimental tears, but I hope most children will go away with something punchier - a longing to observe the natural world in this much detail, and a new respect for the difference between owning something, and loving it.
Evan Williams
The Australian
July 17, 2009
The Fox and the Child is more than a wildlife documentary. It invites us to contemplate alternative worlds of sensation and experience, to enter the consciousness of other species, to explore our contacts with them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
July 17, 2009
The result is Nature seen through the eyes of a solitary and fanciful child with Jacquet intensifying the theatricality of it all by playing around with scale, amplifying every sound and raising the wildlife count.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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