The Last Lions Synopsis
A lioness faces a perilous fight to protect her cubs from nature and predators.
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Washington Post

The result is a movie that may be geared to a nature film fan base but will also appeal to admirers of good storytelling.
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
It's a vivid, blunt and candid look at their kill-or-be-killed existence, which Joubert writes and Irons narrates is "the eternal dance of...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The film is an astonishing visual experience and at times almost profoundly suspenseful.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The footage, by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, is stunning.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
It's all very melodramatic, but the Jouberts accompany this story with incredible visuals, with an exceptional level of access. Considering...
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Director Dereck Joubert gleans a valuable thread that connects us to these endangered creatures.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Riveting, especially since these animals' population has horrifyingly dropped from 450,000 to 20,000 in a half-century.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
One's confidence in factuality is weakened by a cliché-ridden narrative that reads Ma di Tau's mind during her buffalo hunt, and by...
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Time Out New York

By Nick Schager
Overflowing with super-slow motion, color filters and the clunkiest of flashbacks, The Last Lions frequently amplifies the melodrama to...
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Pam Grady
While the anthropomorphism Joubert employs to tell the lions' story may strike some as cloying, ultimately that doesn't distract from this...
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Best documentary about Nature and Conservation

By kmoi
This is a very inspirational, amazing and truthful documentary. This completely shows the feelings of a mother and her struggle for survival. This also shows the replacement of lions due to lost...

The Last Lions

By garrettbonnette
I took my wife and her parents to go see the movie. It was showing at the Angelika Theatre in Dallas. The movie was good. The cinematography was unbelievable, and the story was compelling. My only...

A Mother's Determination

By dlcoble
The Last Lions is a story of courage and determination, therefore, it is timeless. Even though the film centers around a lioness raising and protecting her young cubs, everyone can relate to her...

THE LAST LIONS roars with nature's fury and passion!

By grandier
The Last Lions is everything you would hope it would be, and more. You just can't create these kinds of situations, they have to happen. There are lovely loving moments and heartbreaking ones also....

Beautiful and Moving Film

By jkn299
I find it amazing how the filmmakers were able to capture so much emotion and intensity in the faces and bodies of these animals and to tell such a dramatic story with so much suspense. The story...


By Karajita
It is a very true story about lions and animals trying to survive in a hostile world. Pure drama, will take you out of your motions and this movie will change you FOREVER.......

Amazing...and important

By mdemaio924
Jaw-dropping footage, magnificent animals, and a compelling tale....all narrated by Scar. What's not to love? An important movie, because it's more beautiful than pretty......

A Remarkable Journey

By dmeza
What a remarkable story and journey through the eyes of a lion. I totally enjoyed "The Last Lions", the narration and the filming was great. The story line was complete and gave a good explanation...

The Last Lions

By nat5678
Being a person that has had several cats in her life, I was curious to see how the wild lions reacted to each other in the wild and compare them to my pets. It was so interesting to see the big cats...

'The Last Lions': A powerful film

By sohowoman
'The Last Lions' is overwhelmily beautiful, heartbreaking, exhilarating, funny, sad, hopeful, & thought provoking. You must see it if you care about the fate of the planet's severely dwindling wild...

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Rated PG | For Violent Images Inv. Animal Lfe
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Visually stunning nature docu has some upsetting scenes.
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