The One and Only Ivan Reviews

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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 24, 2020
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
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
Ivan may be "the one and only", but this cuddly blend of Dumbo and Born Free feels far from unique.
August 22, 2020
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 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
...the visuals are truly impressive and the story has an uplifting arc, and oh do these actors have fun hamming it up.
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
This adaptation of the award-winning children's book about a silverback gorilla (voiced by Sam Rockwell) and the ringmaster (Bryan Cranston) who keeps him in captivity has a strong animal-rights message - and a touch that's a tad too soft
August 20, 2020
A hearty cob of honest corn, served buttery and sweet.
August 20, 2020
A few clumsy jokes aside, including an extended bit on chickens crossing roads, there's much to admire about The One and Only Ivan.
August 20, 2020
This relatively spare exercise isn't bad, but unlike its title character, it's certainly not a headliner.`
August 20, 2020
That sadness is perhaps not a tone that'll be appreciated by younger viewers who came for the talking animals, but it's one that gives the film more nuance than you might expect.
August 20, 2020
"The One and Only Ivan"... brings a fair amount of heart to a generic story line.
August 20, 2020
A movie that runneth over with squandered talent...
August 19, 2020
"The One and Only Ivan" pays off in a soulful way.
August 19, 2020
Watching The One and Only Ivan may well make you dream of escape, but not in the way the makers intended.
August 18, 2020
"The One and Only Ivan" has within it a much more interesting film waiting to break out that really could have been for the whole family, but alas it is trapped within the cement walls of Disney's cookie-cutter formula.
August 18, 2020
A vaguely watchable cookie-cutter caper thrown together by people who should know how to make something far sweeter and substantial, a fleeting attraction for undiscerning young kids and a whelming waste for anyone older.
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