African Cats Synopsis
A lion cub, a mother cheetah and a lion king illustrate family bonds on the African savanna.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The cinematography and editing are as superb as the film's feline stars are photogenic and heroic.
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
Almost every shot is a postcard-perfect African vista, and every animal shown in majestic close-up.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Not coincidentally, African Cats opens on Earth Day. Meeting these magnificent fellow creatures might be a fine way to celebrate.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Though African Cats is G-rated, scenes of animals chowing down on other animals are not for the faint of heart or delicate of stomach. I...
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Kids will love African Cats, which is full of "aw" moments. Their parents will appreciate that narrator Samuel L. Jackson keeps things from...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
This is Disneynature's third and best release, after 2009's "Earth" and 2010's "Oceans." With its compelling narrative of survival, it will...
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Boston Globe

By Tom Russo
Scholey, Fothergill, and crew do impressive work, but we're also reminded that wild animals don't know from cues, marks, and scripts....
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By Stephanie Zacharek
Mostly, though, African Cats is extremely tactful about the truly harsh stuff that goes down in the world of nature.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
May be Disney's most pointedly feminist effort since "Mulan."
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
African Cats, while often adorable and at times gripping, is more of a TV-ready experience.
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By redyeah

Don't be fooled by G Rating!

By Angel_of_Movies
The cuteness is overwhelming, and you'll fall in love with the furry cast of characters without any doubt. Sensitive kids should not be taken to this movie however. There is death involved (this is...

Heartbreaking tale of the reality of 2 cat moms with cubs living (and dying) in the wild

By Serendipity0468
Beautiful footage, I must say, but the tale of hardships following a mama cheetah & her cubs, a lioness & her cub- I had to leave the theater because I was so upset when things went awry (which...

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By karenbcnu
It was Awesome!...

BEAUTIFUL film ~ cinematography splendor~ A big screen must!

By Ajlina
Wonderful close up of the world of African cats. The visuals, the sounds, the stories, the lives, the mothers. From single mom to large family mom. Then there is the boys. The four grown male lions...

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Rated G??? Horrible for small children

By kallen4267
This movie may be beautiful and educational for adults, but I cannot believe it has a G rating! We took my 6-year-old granddaughter to see it, and from the previews she had seen on TV, she was soooo...

If you've seen the Last Lion - skip this one

By donnalley
same movie.......

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By gia421
Oh boy i cant wait to go tomorrow, im going to help with the kids of the school we are all attending its a must see...

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By Sarah_Carson
The movie was very well narrated which made veiwers interested in the movie. The scenes were breathtaking!...

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Nature docu emphasizes a mother's love and sacrifice.
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