Chimpanzee Reviews

  • Chimpanzee gives us a fully smoothed-out story -- about an orphan ape named Oscar -- populated with chimps so cute and Disney-fied that you half expect them to break out in an Alan Menken song.

    Adam Markovitz — Entertainment Weekly

  • To experience "Chimpanzee," the latest piece of gorgeously shot pablum from Disneynature, is to endure an orgy of cuteness pasted over some of the most asinine narration ever to ruin a wildlife movie.

    Jeannette Catsoulis — New York Times

  • It's unfortunate that the filmmakers juxtapose those striking visuals with a warlike anthropomorphizing element.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • One wonders whether more than a few viewers won't want to take home a baby chimp after seeing the film.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • All audiences stand to be charmed except those grouches who prefer their animals to be valued as animals rather than as furry little people.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • Strictly from a nature-doc angle, Chimpanzee is impressive stuff.

    Benjamin Mercer — Village Voice

  • Unlike the hyper-edited fare on TV's Animal Planet, "Chimpanzee" lets everyone feel like a mini-Jane Goodall.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • Those hungering for rare footage of our cousins playing and foraging, fighting or fleeing are in for a number of treats.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • It's never less than remarkable to lay eyes upon. But it feels more ... contrived.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Combines astonishingly vivid and intimate footage of animal life with narration that sometimes crosses the line between accessible and intrusive.

    Nell Minow — Chicago Sun-Times

  • With its emphasis on entertainment rather than edification, the film occupies a warm-and-fuzzy middle ground between "The Jungle Book" and Animal Planet.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's really a wonder of nature, a reminder of how we are bound to other species and how valuable and special and downright magical their lives are. It may be a bit corny at times, but it's also downright enlightening.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • Fothergill and Linfield really do capture some awesome footage of the chimpanzees in the wild. Who knew watching them crack nuts with sticks and rocks could be so entertaining? Or use a stick to eat ants?

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • As expected, the primate behavior on display is fascinating, as deftly framed by the filmmakers; one could watch this band of apes make tools and crack nuts for hours.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • Resurrects some of the worst traits of the studio's True-Life Adventures series of the 1950s, '60s and '70s, dubiously shaping some amazing footage with cornball narration that relentlessly anthropomorphizes its simian subjects.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

  • In seeking to make frothy entertainment out of the growing pains of an orphaned baby chimp named Oscar, with an insipid story and almost mocking narration by Tim Allen, it runs counter to its professed scientific intentions.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Unfortunately, when so many strings have been pulled along the way, Oscar's triumph feels contrived for dramatic impact, even though it really happened.

    Liam Lacey — Globe and Mail

  • Some privileged nature footage from the African rain forest is dishonored by deeply silly narration in Chimpanzee.

    Todd McCarthy — Hollywood Reporter

  • It has plenty of charm and is filled with astonishingly intimate footage worth seeing on the big screen but is sketchy on details and dumbed down by cutsy, anthropomorphizing narration.

    Mary F. Pols — TIME Magazine

  • [It] might as well be called "Simply Irresistible," because thanks to the mischievous monkeyshines of a baby chimp named Oscar, it comes pretty close.

    Betsy Sharkey — Los Angeles Times

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