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Based on 23 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    The stunning and mostly uncompromising visuals more than compensate for the frequent corny turns of phrase. show more

  • 63
    Claudia Puig USA Today

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

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Chimpanzee lets everyone feel like a mini-Jane Goodall. show more

  • 50
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

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

  • 50
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    "Humanize" might not seem the obvious verb for what happens in Chimpanzee, Disneynature's latest kiddie documentary. But it's dead on; this escape to the planet of the apes is anthropomorphic to a fault. show more

  • 70
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    Inter-chimp and territorial fighting are facts of nature, but the extreme anthropomorphism of Chimpanzee makes what is natural feel bizarre. show more

  • 88
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of creativity and tenderness. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    In general, the more young people who see the film, the more who will be made aware of a fascinating, complicated near-relative whose numbers are dwindling rapidly. show more

  • 63
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    But nature is messy, and Chimpanzee doesn't shrink from that, to its credit. Fothergill and Linfield at least exercise discretion when their cameras capture disturbing turns of event. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Blend sound with sight, though, and the package becomes more difficult to take. show more

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