The Elephant Queen

critic Reviews

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  • Informative, compassionate, and beautifully filmed, The Elephant Queen should satisfy nature documentary lovers of all ages.
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    Louis ProyectCounterpunch.org
    Despite some Disney-style anthropomorphizing, this is a transcendent story of how African elephants cope with a drought. The subtitle might have been "Ecology of a Waterhole",
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    Alissa WilkinsonVox
    The result is a nice story about elephants but not much more, making The Elephant Queen feel a bit like a squandered opportunity.
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    Petrana RadulovicPolygon
    The best moments of The Elephant Queen come from when the elephants' actions on their own stir the heartstrings, complex emotions beaming off screen without anyone uttering a single word.
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    Brenden GallagherThe Daily Dot
    The powerful images are somewhat undermined by the narrative decision to protect the audience, creating a false image of a pocket of the world that humanity hasn't touched.
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    Allison KeenePaste Magazine
    The Elephant Queen is messy, but it's still a worthwhile nature watch that educates viewers on how important elephants are to the biomes across which they traverse and why.
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    Carissa PavlicaTV Fanatic
    There are a lot of documentaries in 2019 that attempt to explain nature's place on this planet, but none of them do it as well as The Elephant Queen.
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    Stephen SilverSplice Today
    A gorgeous, eye-opening nature documentary that begs to be watched on the largest screen possible. (Apple Insider)
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    David EhrlichindieWire
    A cute story about the circle of life.
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    Brian TallericoRogerEbert.com
    A love letter to a gorgeous species that is increasingly in danger.
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    Kimber MyersLos Angeles Times
    From intimate shots beneath the feet of the giant beasts to underground footage, directors Stone and Deeble have made a movie that leaves viewers as much in awe of the animals as of the filmmakers' ability to capture remarkable moments.
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