The One and Only Ivan

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An uncertain approach to the story's darker themes undermines its emotional stakes, but The One and Only Ivan offers heartwarming entertainment for younger viewers.

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Movie Info

A gorilla tries to piece together its past and escape captivity with help from an elephant.

Cast & Crew

Sam Rockwell
Ivan
Voice
Angelina Jolie
Stella
Voice
Dame Helen Mirren
Snickers
Voice
Ramon Rodriguez
George
Chaka Khan
Henrietta
Mike White
Screenwriter
Sue Baden-Powell
Executive Producer
Thea Sharrock
Executive Producer
Florian Ballhaus
Cinematographer
Barney Pilling
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Craig Armstrong
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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (77) | Rotten (33)

  • This expertly tear-jerking Disney movie seamlessly combines human actors with expressive CGI animals, and even manages a happy ending out of a horrible true story.

    August 27, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Whether you think of yourself as a marshmallow or believe you have a heart of steel, there's a strong probability that The One and Only Ivan is going to make you cry... or well up, at least.

    August 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • It's alternately sappy, peppy, and uplifting. The temptation to watch with the sound off is considerable, though that would do a disservice to the talents of the voice cast.

    August 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Ivan may be "the one and only", but this cuddly blend of Dumbo and Born Free feels far from unique.

    August 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Filming in live-action, with the animals rendered in ultra-detailed CGI, Sharrock does a slick job of marrying the mundane with the fantastical. And her voice cast is delightful...

    August 22, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Too often, however, it feels like a rehash of other, better films, and there's not enough that sets "The One and Only Ivan" apart.

    August 21, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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