Reviews

Jul 15, 2021
As a whole, it deals delicately with loss, friendship and the idea of breaking the cycle of abuse.
Jun 5, 2021
[The One and Only Ivan is] a surprisingly sweet and gentle film that favors contemplative discussions of freedom and identity rather than indulging in overwrought busyness.
Mar 30, 2021
Disney's flavorless charm spread on a flavorless ceiling tile of passable family entertainment.
Mar 25, 2021
Perfectly functional, to be sure... Its chief problem is that it's inordinately boring.
Feb 5, 2021
The One and Only Ivan is a Disney movie through-and-through, for better or worse. It has plenty of moments for both kids and adults to enjoy, even if its take on the story is only skin deep.
Jan 29, 2021
The gently paced drama contains life lessons about leadership, treating all living creatures with kinship, love and respect and the value of promises. Best of all, it preaches and practices empathy for humans and animals.
Jan 29, 2021
The messages it propounds - the ills of an anthropocentric worldview, compassion towards our fellow living organisms, and so on - may be old, but the film works by doing most things right and telling a charming story that should appeal to all ages.
Nov 27, 2020
An unexpectedly moving construct of modern movie magic and old-fashioned sincerity.
Oct 12, 2020
An old fashioned, sweet, feel good movie that works for kids and also adults who love animals. The script left sloppy loose ends, but the always amazing Brooklynn Prince, who voices Ruby, can make anyone's heart melt.
Sep 23, 2020
Heartwarming, if a little obvious, this is excellent family film fun from Disney. With a cheery cast and a thick layer of schmaltz, it's exactly what you'd expect - but that's not a bad thing here.
Sep 16, 2020
The One and Only Ivan may prove too melancholic for young kids, but the animals inspire awe, and the film draws winningly on Disney classics like Dumbo and Bambi.
Sep 9, 2020
[A film] with all the nuances that a film for all audiences allows... thanks to its director, Thea Sharrock. [Full review in Spanish]
Sep 7, 2020
Reminiscent of "Charlotte's Web," it's a touching, tender tale for tiny tots...
Sep 6, 2020
Heartwarming film for all. The original song "Free" written by iconic songwriter Diane Warren, sets the tone and intended message of the film.
Sep 3, 2020
It has whimsy and heart and is emotional but not depressing.
Sep 1, 2020
It's okay for families, but I don't think there's anything great or new here.
Sep 1, 2020
It doesn't feel like the film knows what it wants to be, and I think the biggest problem is that it brushes up against some really thorny territory like animal captivity and freedom... And yet it seems to really lack the teeth to go there.
Aug 31, 2020
The director and writer do introduce plot twists that are not in the book, but they should have gone further. They soften bits of it, with the younger viewers in mind. They should have had us on the edge of our seats...
Aug 31, 2020
The film is sweet, simple, and utterly Disney-fied. There's a slight amount of thematic complexity to the tale, yet it's not so complex that smaller kids are incapable of understanding it.
Aug 27, 2020
Thankfully, Mike White's script is snappy enough to make this more engaging than expected, creating vivid characters while drawing in some pungent ideas in a way that's never pushy.