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  • Summary: From the lush wetlands of Botswana’s Okavango Delta comes the suspense-filled tale of a determined lioness ready to try anything—and willing to risk everything—to keep her family alive. In the new wildlife adventure, The Last Lions, filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert follow the epic journey of a lioness named Ma di Tau (“Mother of Lions”) as she battles to protect her cubs against a daunting onslaught of enemies in order to ensure their survival. (National Geographic Entertainment) Expand
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  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Feb 26, 2011
    83
    A great way to go on a safari without ever leaving the multiplex.
  2. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Feb 15, 2011
    80
    Though floridly written and relentlessly scored, the film's dramas are more persuasively framed than many human ones, going so far as to include multiple flashbacks.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 17, 2011
    80
    A worthy, intensive labor of love that took years to shoot and edit, and it's also more gripping than a lot of recent Hollywood thrillers.
  4. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Feb 16, 2011
    75
    The footage, by Dereck and Beverly Joubert, is stunning.
  5. Reviewed by: Kenneth Turan
    Feb 17, 2011
    70
    Mightily impressive to look at. What it's like to listen to is somewhat different.
  6. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 17, 2011
    67
    This nature documentary about the vanishing lions of Africa is not your children's "Lion King."
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Feb 15, 2011
    60
    Overflowing with super-slow motion, color filters and the clunkiest of flashbacks, The Last Lions frequently amplifies the melodrama to borderline-excessive proportions.

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  1. Mar 27, 2011
    10
    Words to describe "The Last Lions" are amazing, stunning, incredible, sad and real. Beverley and Dereck Joubert's experiences with the lions after living with them for so many years makes "The Last Lions" a leader in wildlife documentaries. The cinematography and editing were amazing. The movie is not showing where we live, so we drove 90 minutes to go see it and it was certainly worth the drive. The way the Jouberts tell the story of a lioness named Ma di Tau (â Expand
  2. Mar 20, 2011
    8
    "The Last Lions" has a PG rating for a reason! The narration is cloying & childish but the images are extremely graphic. We went with an 8 year old who had to leave the theater she was so disturbed by the events depicted in this story. It's very accurate & moving, but shocking, too much so for kids. A day later I can't get some of the images out or my mind. Not sorry I went. It's stunningly photographed. It's a movie that anyone who cares deeply about species survival ought to see. Expand
  3. Mar 25, 2012
    7
    Well shot documentary that actually has a story. The animals have personalities and Mr Irons projects perhaps their "thinking". It is too long, as many of the same situations are played over again. Still it is a thought provoking insight to what may be happening to the king of beasts. Solid above average effort. Expand

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