The One and Only Ivan Reviews

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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 25, 2020
The One and Only Ivan may resonate most strongly with very young audiences and those unfamiliar with the book. Fans of Applegate's story may find it little more than a dim echo of the original.
August 24, 2020
The One and Only Ivan delivers nothing that hasn't been seen in countless family-friendly movies about animals searching for freedom - from Fly Away Home to Dumbo.
August 24, 2020
Glossy visuals, photorealistic CG animals, and a schmaltzy score fail to produce even a synthetic lift.
August 24, 2020
Telling us that confinement is no fun for wild creatures, Thea Sharrock's film has an inadvertent way of making its point: the story's physical limits mean the animal characters don't have enough to do.
August 24, 2020
It has admirable qualities and intentions, but it lacks depth and entertainment value. [Full Review in Spanish]
August 23, 2020
This fun for all ages mandate is a bit of a hurdle for The One and Only Ivan, Disney's big streaming release of the weekend, since it's a film that wants to be about some lofty, difficult ideas, but can't be, so just ends up being about nothing at all.
August 23, 2020
Sweet, charming, contrived, and for kids only.
August 23, 2020
The One And Only Ivan is quietly affecting, with unexpected nuance around human frailties. Unfortunately while it admirably dodges over-earnestness, as a viewing experience it errs on the dull side.
August 22, 2020
The under-10s will be charmed by the cuteness overkill, but for the adults, The One and Only Ivan is the cinematic equivalent of roadkill.
August 22, 2020
The One and Only Ivan constantly settles for cheesy humor and is a giant missed opportunity to tell a genuinely heartfelt and inspiring story.
August 21, 2020
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
Technically impressive, offering a lovely voice cast and excellent CGI, but as an offering of heart, the film remains cold to the touch.
August 21, 2020
It's certainly harmless enough if you already have a Disney+ subscription, but it's far from the greatest show on Earth.
August 20, 2020
"The One and Only Ivan" goes overboard in patting its young audience on the head by remaining much too calm and soothing, like an on-screen lullaby.
August 20, 2020
[A] well-meaning but ultimately blah fictionalization.
August 20, 2020
Much of this film is lightly charming and will delight kids. Adults, however, may find some of the narrative shortcuts frustrating for an otherwise quality product.
August 20, 2020
A movie that runneth over with squandered talent...
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