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The Last Lions Reviews

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 27, 2012
an extraordinary achievement
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
April 4, 2011
Gripping.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
April 4, 2011
There's some heartbreaking stuff here but also moments of triumph. Not to mention visuals that will leave audiences breathless.
| Original Score: 3/4
Justin Strout
Orlando Weekly
March 31, 2011
It's uplifting, but also raw and brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 30, 2011
A gorgeous looking film filled with the sort of footage one can only get with patience and persistence.
| Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
March 25, 2011
Especially if older kids are already fascinated with wild animals, they'll be mesmerized, and will probably successfully badger you to donate to the cause via text message on the way out of the theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
March 24, 2011
Visually stunning nature docu has some upsetting scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 18, 2011
This nature documentary about the vanishing lions of Africa is not your children's Lion King.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 11, 2011
Wrenching and wondrous, Dereck and Beverly Joubert's documentary The Last Lions is not a tale for the faint-hearted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 11, 2011
While "The Last Lions" lacks the visceral excitement of some other survival dramas, it has anthropomorphic heart to spare.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 11, 2011
If something can be done to save these last lions, this sort of honest appraisal is exactly the first step we need.
| Original Score: 3/4
Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
March 11, 2011
Quite possibly the most emotionally wrenching, stunningly beautiful film I've yet to encounter - fiction or otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 10, 2011
No matter how you feel about real-life drama being shaped and enhanced in the editing room, this is wildlife storytelling at its formidable finest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 3, 2011
It's all very melodramatic, but the Jouberts accompany this story with incredible visuals, with an exceptional level of access.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 3, 2011
An astonishing visual experience and at times almost profoundly suspenseful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Zak Jason
Boston Phoenix
March 2, 2011
The Last Lions turns Duba Island into a theater of survival, love, and adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 26, 2011
A great way to go on a safari without ever leaving the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Pam Grady
Boxoffice Magazine
February 19, 2011
While the anthropomorphism Joubert employs to tell the lions' story may strike some as cloying, ultimately that doesn't distract from this tale of survival in an inhospitable environment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 18, 2011
The story feels more like it originated on a screenwriter's laptop rather than a marsh in a remote corner of the Kalihari desert in Botswana, and gives the film more suspense and emotional investment than one might expect from this kind of movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.2/10
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
February 18, 2011
One of the most urgent and certainly among the most beautifully shot documentaries to hit the big screen in recent memory
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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