88

Chicago Tribune

By Mark Caro
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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
That Annaud and his deft production team create believable dramatic characters without compromising the dignity of the animals they've borrowed as stars -- is the striking (and sometimes unnerving) achievement of a film that also swoops and loops through fairytale hoops.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The kind of movie that kids used to flock to on Saturday afternoons in the forties and fifties.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
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.
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75

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
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.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
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.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Honors the power and beauty of these beasts even as it underscores the cultured savagery of the men who are crowding them out.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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."
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Borderline amazing and borderline dull at the same time.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is schizophrenic, an uplifting film that's truly depressing, a movie about cruelty that tries to be fluffy.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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