Wolf Totem Reviews

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January 10, 2018
This attempt to say something about the struggle between humans and wild animals is too bombastic and unfeeling.
January 24, 2017
Warns us that an old-fashioned way of life is passing to an encroaching civilization.
March 2, 2016
While visually stunning, this Chinese French collaboration is melodramatic and narratively disjointed. It is a man-and-his-dog story meets outsider-learning-to-appreciate-a-new culture story, just set in a place unfamiliar to Western audiences.
December 22, 2015
if the film has a true star, it is the environment itself, which is enormous and daunting, dangerous, yet serene
September 17, 2015
A true story that manages to seem both mythical and too fantastic to have really happened, Jean-Jacques Annaud's epic 3-D Wolf Totem is ultimately a hymn and a plea for ecological harmony.
September 14, 2015
The greatest aspect of "Wolf Totem" is the gorgeous, sweeping cinematography that captures the landscape in breathtaking aerial shots and crystal-clear color. The story has its touching moments but dissolves into disjointed melodrama.
September 11, 2015
The four-legged creatures are more compelling than their two-legged counterparts in this visually stunning 3D adventure.
September 11, 2015
Annaud and company make a bold environmental statement cloaked in a personal story of one young man's personal growth, change and awareness.
September 11, 2015
Though Wolf Totem is notable for being a Chinese-scripted-and-shot film that actually offers some kind of critique of the communists, it nevertheless falls into a fairly well-worn story of an outsider growing to appreciate a culture he's come to change.
September 11, 2015
Presented in IMAX 3D, there are scenes in this film that are literally breathtaking when they are not capturing or breaking the heart.
September 11, 2015
Something ends up lost in translation. Its aspirations of looking and feeling recognizable end up uncomfortable and embarrassing.
September 10, 2015
There's no denying the beauty of the film's imagery, violent and tender, or the emotional power of the final moment in the boy-and-his-dog love story.
September 10, 2015
Characters seem carved from a much larger narrative. The landscape and painstakingly trained wolves are the true stars.
September 10, 2015
Annaud's adaptation of Jiang Rong's Chinese novel is a visual wonder but a dramatic dud, a cut-and-paste mess of plot snippets, illuminated by the occasional inspired visual conceit.
September 10, 2015
At the film's core is a quirky love story between the student and the orphan wolf cub he finds and raises.
September 10, 2015
Epic in scope, yet at the same time intensely intimate in its handling of its protagonist's inner life, it's a unique wildlife tale that sets a tribe of humans against a majestic pack of wolves.
September 10, 2015
It becomes difficult to separate the natives from their communist masters in terms of their treatment of their natural surroundings.
September 10, 2015
If it strives too hard for weighty import, Wolf Totem remains an occasionally stirring portrait of Mongolia's wolf population.
September 10, 2015
Among the outstanding set pieces, the most spectacular is a battle between the wolf pack and mounted herders trying to control a horse stampede in the middle of a blizzard.
September 10, 2015
Worth seeing just for a spectacular sequence depicting the wolves chasing a herd of prize horses toward a frozen lake during a blinding snowstorm - which appears to have been shot with minimal computer-generated fakery.
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