• Released
  • April 20, 2012
  • G , 1 hr 18 min
  • Documentary
  • 715 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A baby chimp and his family go about their daily lives in the African forest.

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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Chimpanzee lets everyone feel like a mini-Jane Goodall.
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88

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
An eye-opening primer in cross-species similarity. We learn that apes are violent and territorial but also that they are capable of...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The stunning and mostly uncompromising visuals more than compensate for the frequent corny turns of phrase.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
In general, the more young people who see the film, the more who will be made aware of a fascinating, complicated near-relative whose...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

No amount of gorgeous jungle footage can make up for the fact that this Disney-produced documentary feels about as natural as an episode of...
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70

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Inter-chimp and territorial fighting are facts of nature, but the extreme anthropomorphism of Chimpanzee makes what is natural feel...
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63

Washington Post

By Michael O'Sullivan
But nature is messy, and Chimpanzee doesn't shrink from that, to its credit. Fothergill and Linfield at least exercise discretion when...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's unfortunate that the filmmakers juxtapose those striking visuals with a warlike anthropomorphizing element.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
"Humanize" might not seem the obvious verb for what happens in Chimpanzee, Disneynature's latest kiddie documentary. But it's dead on; this...
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
Some privileged nature footage from the African rain forest is dishonored by deeply silly narration in Chimpanzee.
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Rated G | For Mature Theme
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Chimp "adoption" documentary has some scary moments.
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