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  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The music is shamelessly entertaining, and the warmth of Morgan Freeman's narration conveys the possibility that, for all the imminent peril, the lemurs of this enchanted forest still have a fighting chance. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    A dazzling introduction, both immersive and sweeping, to one of the planet’s oldest primates (who knew?). show more

  • 88
    Bruce Ingram Chicago Sun-Times

    The brief but informative (and kid-friendly whimsical) Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is basically a status report on the creatures, who exist nowhere else on Earth. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    This Morgan Freeman-narrated documentary doesn’t stray much from the nature-doc formula of making its stars look frisky and winsome while sprinkling in a few info-nuggets about the critters (they’re older than dinosaurs!). And that’s just fine. show more

  • 75
    Tom Russo Boston Globe

    The animals are so magically entertaining to watch here (helped by some gently mischievous narrative assists), the educational treatment is a fun time in its own right. show more

  • 75

    While following a comfortable and familiar formula, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar accomplishes a great deal in its 40-minute running time, entertaining and educating us while delivering a message about preservation that’s clear without being heavy-handed. show more

  • 50
    Nick McCarthy Slant Magazine

    What results is a lopsided, put-upon narrative of survival where humans, and not the animals themselves, are the ones to be celebrated. show more

  • 83
    Drew Taylor The Playlist

    Even without an active political component, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, on a purely visual level, is one of the more amazing things you're likely to see in a theater this year. show more

  • 60
    Martin Tsai Los Angeles Times

    Even at a meager 40 minutes, the film feels padded... But so long as the jubilance brought about by lemurs can compel more protection for the near-extinct species, the film will have served its purpose. show more

  • 60
    Justin Chang Variety

    A pleasant if fairly pedestrian viewing experience, one that more or less gets the job done in terms of balancing the requisite ooh-ahh moments with another unsurprising reminder of man’s capacity for selfishness and destruction. show more

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