African Cats Reviews

  • Not coincidentally, African Cats opens on Earth Day. Meeting these magnificent fellow creatures might be a fine way to celebrate.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • There are surely eight million stories on the naked plains, but "African Cats" tells one: about lions and cheetahs and - oh, Bambi! - the power of mother love.

    Rachel Saltz — New York Times

  • The photography is so spectacular that the accompanying Disney-ization of wildlife is forgiven.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • "African Cats" prefers less preaching and more heartstring-tugging. It works, of course, especially if you're trying to raise your own cubs to adulthood.

    Sandie Angulo Chen — Washington Post

  • Under the direction of BBC wildlife documentary alums Keith Scholey and Alastair Fothergill, "Cats'' looks majestic throughout, even if its Big Stories are sometimes forced at the expense of fleeting, fascinating little details.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • If it maintains a superficially manipulative facade, the film remains committed to addressing the harsh realities of existence on the plains.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • "African Cats," while often adorable and at times gripping, is more of a TV-ready experience.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Anyone with a fondness for bambinos of any species should melt at the sight of mamas with nuzzling cubs.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • It's a solid hour and a half of intense stuff you don't see every day.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • It's deeply involving and primally moving.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Astounding wildlife footage is given a kid-friendly narrative hook, but never overly cuddlified, in Keith Scholey's African Cats.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • Kids will love "African Cats," which is full of "aw" moments. Their parents will appreciate that narrator Samuel L. Jackson keeps things from getting too schmaltzy in this true-life depiction of the circle of life.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • It's not a put-down of the darker and more straightforward "Last Lions" to suggest "Cats" is to "Lions" what poetry is to prose.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • No doubt, life is tough in the wild but, this being a Disney flick, it's loving too and even comes with a kiddie-friendly narrative that's easy to summarize and hard to dispute.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

  • A story-driven wildlife doc where creatures become characters with names so young audiences can appreciate the natural cycles of life -- and death -- in the animal world.

    Kirk Honeycutt — Hollywood Reporter

  • Far too often, African Cats feels episodic in its structure. Rather than featuring a driving, compelling narrative, it's: cheetah vs. gazelle. And then: hyena vs. cheetah. And then: lion vs. crocodile. Who will win???

    Christy Lemire — Associated Press

  • A visually and aurally stunning film that brings viewers up close and very personal with several "big cat" families - as well as a dazzling array of other safari-esque species - living in Kenya's sprawling Masai Mara National Reserve.

    Gary Goldstein — Los Angeles Times

  • the film is relatively bloodless and appropriate for all ages

    Kevin Carr — 7M Pictures

  • (African Cats movie review at Shared Darkness)

    Brent Simon — Shared Darkness

  • [G]orgeously photographed, astonishingly intimate... We have never seen lions and cheetahs like this before; you won't believe it can have been possible for cameras to get so close without disturbing the animals they're watching...

    MaryAnn Johanson — Flick Filosopher

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