• Studio: IMAX
  • Release Date: Apr 4, 2014
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Reviewed by: Bruce Ingram
    Apr 4, 2014
    88
    The brief but informative (and kid-friendly whimsical) Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is basically a status report on the creatures, who exist nowhere else on Earth.
  2. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Apr 4, 2014
    83
    Even without an active political component, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar, on a purely visual level, is one of the more amazing things you're likely to see in a theater this year.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 3, 2014
    80
    A dazzling introduction, both immersive and sweeping, to one of the planet’s oldest primates (who knew?).
  4. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Apr 4, 2014
    75
    While following a comfortable and familiar formula, Island of Lemurs: Madagascar accomplishes a great deal in its 40-minute running time, entertaining and educating us while delivering a message about preservation that’s clear without being heavy-handed.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    This Morgan Freeman-narrated documentary doesn’t stray much from the nature-doc formula of making its stars look frisky and winsome while sprinkling in a few info-nuggets about the critters (they’re older than dinosaurs!). And that’s just fine.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Apr 3, 2014
    75
    The animals are so magically entertaining to watch here (helped by some gently mischievous narrative assists), the educational treatment is a fun time in its own right.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 3, 2014
    70
    The music is shamelessly entertaining, and the warmth of Morgan Freeman's narration conveys the possibility that, for all the imminent peril, the lemurs of this enchanted forest still have a fighting chance.
  8. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Sep 1, 2014
    60
    It may share a narrator with "March Of The Penguins" but this short documentary is happily more sturdily scientific.
  9. Reviewed by: Martin Tsai
    Apr 3, 2014
    60
    Even at a meager 40 minutes, the film feels padded... But so long as the jubilance brought about by lemurs can compel more protection for the near-extinct species, the film will have served its purpose.
  10. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 1, 2014
    60
    A pleasant if fairly pedestrian viewing experience, one that more or less gets the job done in terms of balancing the requisite ooh-ahh moments with another unsurprising reminder of man’s capacity for selfishness and destruction.
  11. Reviewed by: Nick McCarthy
    Apr 5, 2014
    50
    What results is a lopsided, put-upon narrative of survival where humans, and not the animals themselves, are the ones to be celebrated.
  12. Reviewed by: Kevin McFarland
    Apr 2, 2014
    50
    Though wondrous in stretches, it barely scratches the surface of its subject, the ecological smorgasbord of Madagascar.

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