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  • 75
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    The Elephant in the Living Room is damning, but also very sad. These stories, as Harrison points out, never have a happy ending. show more

  • 75
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    There are moments when the freak-show elements of the film threaten to overpower its message, but that message is such a fascinating one -- and the debate an important one as well -- that The Elephant in the Living Room manages to overcome them. show more

  • 63
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    The movie effectively rids you of any notion that owning a cougar or a python is a good idea. show more

  • 50
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    As my cat, Audrey, will confirm, I love animals. But I draw the line at having lions, tigers, gigantic snakes, bears and other predators as pets. Other people have different opinions. show more

  • 60
    Barbara Goslawski Boxoffice Magazine

    The result is a lively mix of informative and enlightening storytelling, with a healthy dash of poignancy. show more

  • 80
    Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times

    This impeccably made film is chock-full of enlightening and sometimes bizarre moments. show more

  • 80
    Variety

    Audiences can't possibly predict the upsetting twist to Landry's story, nor the welcome surprise that precedes it, but these two scenes -- both of which Webber was fortunate enough to capture on camera -- are documentary gold. show more

  • 70
    Village Voice

    The film ultimately serves as an edifying (who knew Ohio's Amish were big into exotic-animal auctions?) and unsensational (excepting one horrifying scene involving Brumfield's beloved male lion) look into a peculiar corner of American acquisitiveness. show more

  • 70
    Jeannette Catsoulis The New York Times

    Fair to a fault, "Elephant" omits what could be considered crucial voices - like lawmakers, the Humane Society (which helped finance the film) and mental-health professionals - in its attempt to understand those who believe their particular beast is as harmless as a kitten. At least until it rips someone's face off. show more

  • 70
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    Partly funded by the Humane Society, this gripping documentary by Michael Webber rips the lid off a scandal that periodically turns up on local newscasts but then disappears from public consciousness. show more

  • February 07, 2012 de00000000112538
    Report This User

    Not worth all these prizes

  • January 29, 2012 Hackle 1
    Report This User

    ONCE THERE WAS AN ELEPHANT IN MY LIVING ROOM HE WEAIGHD OVER 9 HUNDERD LB\'S HIS NAME WAS SPARKY HE DIDN\'T LIKE ANIMAL FOOD NO HE LOVED FOOD LKIE DOUGHNUTS GLAZED ONES SALAD\'S NACHOS PIZZA SO BASICLY THIS NEW FILM IS ABOUT JASON WOODY\'S NEWES\'T FILM ALL ABOUT SPARKY JASON\'S PET ELEPHANT AND SO HOW IT END\'S IS HOW SPARKY FIND\'S HIS LOVE CRISTLE A 33 LB ELEPLANT AND HAVE BABIES

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