The Elephant Queen

critic Reviews

, 91% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Informative, compassionate, and beautifully filmed, The Elephant Queen should satisfy nature documentary lovers of all ages.
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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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    Simon AbramsTheWrap
    Not as tonally stable nor as thematically cogent as it could have been, but it does feature some child-appropriate scenes of animals relieving themselves, having sex, and even dying.
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    Ken JaworowskiNew York Times
    Young viewers could certainly handle a few more harsh facts. Yet "The Elephant Queen" sets out, first and foremost, to use a narrative to build compassion. And here, a good story is as effective as a shout.
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    Frank ScheckHollywood Reporter
    A gorgeously photographed and detailed portrait of an elephant herd making an arduous journey in search of water.
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    Fausto PonceProceso
    The documentary The Elephant Queen... is an emotional story about survival that shows us the wonderful mechanisms that operate in nature. [Full Review in Spanish]
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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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