Reviews

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 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 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.
Aug 24, 2020
Glossy visuals, photorealistic CG animals, and a schmaltzy score fail to produce even a synthetic lift.
Aug 24, 2020
Ivan may be "the one and only", but this cuddly blend of Dumbo and Born Free feels far from unique.
Aug 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...
Aug 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.
Aug 21, 2020
...the visuals are truly impressive and the story has an uplifting arc, and oh do these actors have fun hamming it up.
Aug 21, 2020
It's certainly harmless enough if you already have a Disney+ subscription, but it's far from the greatest show on Earth.
Aug 21, 2020
Rockwell's voice was so compelling that I occasionally closed my eyes; his voice conjured Ivan more vividly than the technology did.
Aug 21, 2020
Its heart is very much in the right place and the movie does get its points across clear enough, but it does seem like there was more to mine, especially from Mack's portion of the story.
Aug 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.
Aug 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
Aug 20, 2020
A hearty cob of honest corn, served buttery and sweet.
Aug 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.
Aug 20, 2020
This relatively spare exercise isn't bad, but unlike its title character, it's certainly not a headliner.`
Aug 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.
Aug 20, 2020
"The One and Only Ivan"... brings a fair amount of heart to a generic story line.