Unlocking the Cage

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Unlocking the Cage could have benefited from a broader look at its subject, but it makes its points in an intelligent and refreshingly non-didactic way.

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Lawyer Steven Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project file lawsuits to give animals such as chimpanzees, whales, dolphins and elephants limited personhood rights.

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (33) | Rotten (7)

  • A crisp and convincing doc.

    November 3, 2020 | Full Review…
  • For those less familiar with her life, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise should serve as a bracing introduction, and as an inducement to dive into her prose, poetry and speeches.

    February 21, 2017 | Full Review…

    Maureen Ryan

    Variety
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  • At a time when so many cinematic arguments are cast in black-and-white terms, tipping the scales in one direction, it's refreshing to see one that's content to present a case that leaves room for several shades of gray.

    February 21, 2017 | Full Review…

    Brian Lowry

    CNN.com
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  • The powerful filmmaking duo of Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker somehow turn Wise's quest into a compelling and noble tale, no matter what your thoughts are on the views presented.

    August 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The picture is essentially a brief for Wise's case. And as such, it's as dry and uncinematic as a dusty legal document.

    July 7, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Makes a worthy case for reconsidering the sturdiness of laws that explicitly separate humans from animals.

    June 23, 2016 | Full Review…

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