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Based on 27 Reviews
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  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    The result is schizophrenic, an uplifting film that's truly depressing, a movie about cruelty that tries to be fluffy. show more

  • 63
    Mike Clark USA Today

    Borderline amazing and borderline dull at the same time. show more

  • 75
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    Annaud is a filmmaker who often works with a bare minimum of dialogue. Yet his storytelling is so strong and emotional that words are barely necessary. show more

  • 88
    Mark Caro Chicago Tribune

    There's something simple yet miraculous about watching these beautiful animals interact with the wild and each other, even if their actions are being manipulated for the sake of drama. Annaud has taken his film's message to heart: He knows when to get out of nature's way. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    The animal action is often gripping and suspenseful. As a whole, a giant step beyond Annaud's earlier animal movie, "The Bear," a more gimmicky film of 1988. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    The kind of movie that kids used to flock to on Saturday afternoons in the forties and fifties. show more

  • 75
    Lawrence Toppman Charlotte Observer

    Watching them, you realize how far computers still have to go in accurately depicting the play of muscles as beasts run, crouch and leap. Though Annaud doesn't cut to them for cute reaction shots, as weak directors do, the tigers show near-human fears and affections. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    The result is a reassuring fairy tale that will fascinate children and has moments of natural beauty for their parents, but makes the tigers approximately as realistic as the animals in "The Lion King." show more

  • 63
    Miami Herald

    The movie's ''bless the beasts and the children'' moralizing is simplistic and skews a wee bit too young, but it's hard to fault a film whose greatest vice is sentimentalizing an animal humans have pushed almost to the brink of extinction. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Honors the power and beauty of these beasts even as it underscores the cultured savagery of the men who are crowding them out. show more

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