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Chimpanzee

Overview


Genre :

Documentary

Release Date :

April 20, 2012

MPAA Rating :

G

Director :

Mark Linfield, Alastair Fothergill

Starring :

Tim Allen

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

2 of 5

“..you'll have a good idea of the annoyance level the comedian's narration provides..”
by David Fear [Time Out New York]
“..with visually stunning, almost impossibly intimate results..”
by Andrew Barker [Variety]
2.5 of 4

“..while the struggle for survival can seem like a battle, the script creates an unnecessary heroes-villains perspective..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
2 of 5

“..this squeamishness banishes all but the most vanilla facts and images..”
by Jeannette Catsoulis [New York Times]
3 of 4

“..the film's breathtaking visuals, and the brave and affectionate hearts of these beautiful creatures continue to draw us back in..”
by Nell Minow [Chicago Sun-Times]
3 of 4

“..the film is not designed to answer every question but to inspire youthful curiosity..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
“..the cameras are so close you assume they have to have been unmanned and placed with extraordinary luck..”
by Mary F. Pols [TIME Magazine]
“..the burden of massaging the natural-habitat footage into an intelligible rival-families narrative, though, falls to the voiceover script..”
by Benjamin Mercer [Village Voice]
3 of 5

“..the antagonism between the two tribes is pretty compelling, and a less condescending, fairy-taleish nature doc..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
3.5 of 5

“..still makes you long for something a little quieter, something like the old "Wild, Wild World of Animals" television show..”
by Bill Goodykoontz [Arizona Republic]
2 of 5

“..silly non sequiturs, like "Don't forget the side salad," as the chimps revert to leaves after feasting on a dead monkey, feel childish and trite..”
by Dan Hudak [Orlando Weekly]
3 of 4

“..in "Chimpanzee," nature is beige in tooth and claw..”
by Ty Burr [Boston Globe]
“..by this time the uncredited narration, voiced in cornball fashion by Tim Allen, has made this turn of events seem like old-style Disney hokum whether it actually happened this way or not..”
by Todd McCarthy [Hollywood Reporter]

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LATEST REVIEWS

LEGEND :

“..while he arguably fails to rein in his leading man (or half of him), screenwriter-turned-director Helgeland has a light touch, leavening the ultra-violence - and there are gory scenes - with a flair for absurdity..”
by Helen O'Hara [Daily Telegraph]

THE TRANSPORTER REFUELED :

“..this film is so stupid it may burst your appendix..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

BEFORE WE GO :

“..Evans and Eve are always charming, but Brooke's real-world problems ring false in a story held together by chintzy fatalism and the logic of a first draft..”
by David Ehrlich [Time Out New York]

BREAK POINT :

“..Jay Karas doesn't exactly reinvent the wheel as he puts this odd couple through the paces of getting in shape and reconciling old wounds, but he's helped by some laugh-out-loud quirk in Gene Hong's screenplay, nice comic chemistry between the two leads..”
by Sara Stewart [New York Post]

STEVE JOBS: MAN IN THE MACHINE :

“..sharp as always from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]

CHLOE AND THEO :

“..borrowing themes from "Candide," it makes us wonder why bad things happen to good people. Including movie audiences..”
by Colin Covert [Minneapolis Star Tribune]

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS :

“..the film takes a long time to get going because of all the prolonged, glib chit-chat that loses whatever satirical edge it might have initially possessed..”
by Michael Rechtshaffen [LA Times]

CONTRACTED: PHASE II :

“..has contracted many of the same problems with the first film - it's plagued with pacing and character issues - but still has enough gags for the home video audience..”
by Brad Miska [Bloody Disgusting]

EVEREST :

“..in narrative terms it's messy - as true stories tend to be. The dramatic focus is split between around half a dozen characters based on real people and it's not clear who we should root for..”
by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]

BEASTS OF NO NATION :

“..artful, accomplished but not entirely sustained adaptation..”
by Justin Chang [Variety]