The One and Only Ivan Reviews

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October 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.
September 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.
September 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.
September 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]
September 7, 2020
Reminiscent of "Charlotte's Web," it's a touching, tender tale for tiny tots...
September 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.
September 3, 2020
It has whimsy and heart and is emotional but not depressing.
September 1, 2020
It's okay for families, but I don't think there's anything great or new here.
September 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.
August 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...
August 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.
August 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.
August 27, 2020
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
It's not going to change your life but it is worth a watch with the family
August 27, 2020
The One and Only Ivan is a frighteningly relevant family film that just misses greatness but should find a decent audience with family's stuck at home.
August 27, 2020
Big-hearted adaptation should please fans of the book.
August 26, 2020
A heartwarming film that brings me back to Disney movies of days gone. Just a family-friendly talking animals adventure with a good message!
August 26, 2020
A suitably entertaining package of a film that can easily be enjoyed on a family movie night, or wherever.
August 26, 2020
With outstanding voice performances and a lead performance from Bryan Cranston, this film captures how majestic, sweet and inspiring animals can be.
August 25, 2020
Despite some formulaic tendencies, this peculiar biopic of an artistic primate is both charming and touching for moviegoers of all species.
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