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The Last Lions Reviews

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Jesse Cataldo
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2011
So much is contained in the film, from real technical virtuosity to heart-wrenching moments of pathos, that it's a shame it seems satisfied to be so ordinary in other aspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
February 18, 2011
Portentous narration by Jeremy Irons tries to fill up the dead spots, but the script is too fond of feline mind reading and philosophizing about the cruel grandeur of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jennifer Merin
About.com
February 22, 2011
A lone lioness and her two cubs are the stars of this dramatic documentary about survival in the wild. Their story is thrilling, and the close up footage will amaze you.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 18, 2011
Many of the sequences are intense, like those in which the lioness refines its hunting strategies in unfamiliar territory. But they're undercut by Jeremy Irons's sonorous narration.
Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 17, 2011
This is National Geographic writ raw for effect, and "The Last Lions" suffers for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 18, 2011
While jaw-dropping footage of the animals of the African bush is a remarkable aspect of "The Last Lions," more impressive still is the strong narrative thread that runs through the nature documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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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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
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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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 Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 17, 2011
One thing is certain about Dereck Joubert's documentary account of Africa's dwindling lion population. The cinematography-by the writer-director-is seldom less than stunning.
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
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
February 15, 2011
Doubling as cinematographer, Dereck Joubert skillfully integrates slow-motion and creates a rich sense of space with godlike long shots.
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Nick Schager
Time Out
February 15, 2011
This evocative National Geographic production proves to be both an inquisitive nature documentary and an activist call to arms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 14, 2011
[VIDEO] Jeremy Irons's narration is at times overbearing due to dramatic liberties taken by the authors. However, "The Last Lions" is a fascinating documentary that puts a fine point on the importance of reducing overpopulation.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
March 24, 2011
Visually stunning nature docu has some upsetting scenes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 17, 2011
An extraordinary documentary about a fierce and creative wild lioness in Botswana who is doing all she can to nurture and defend her cubs as they face one challenge after another.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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