Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 4 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Oct 26, 2012
    83
    The show's repetitive voice-overs are annoying. But you'll be sucked into this dangerous venture.
  2. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Oct 26, 2012
    75
    Somehow, like the alchemists of old, Jungle Gold ends up making gold from lead.
  3. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Oct 26, 2012
    60
    It feels somehow as if there's a backstory here we don't fully know about. Still, their adventures are instructive and the dangers seem genuine.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Oct 26, 2012
    50
    Jungle Gold uses every available editing trick to heighten the tension and get the audience rooting for Scott and George, but the approach is so steeped in xenophobia and Great White Hunter short-hand this might as well have been made in the 1930s.
User Score
2.0

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 23
  3. Negative: 20 out of 23
  1. Oct 26, 2012
    0
    I live in Ghana part time, and I am mortified that the Discovery Channel has allowed this garbage to air on television. It is neck-deep inI live in Ghana part time, and I am mortified that the Discovery Channel has allowed this garbage to air on television. It is neck-deep in xenophobia and outright lies about Ghana. These two jerks should be thrown out of Ghana on their ears. It's appalling. Full Review »
  2. Oct 28, 2012
    0
    I hate this show it shows these people have no respect they are whining that the cannot make it when thete are homeless hungry people andI hate this show it shows these people have no respect they are whining that the cannot make it when thete are homeless hungry people and their stealing another country's gold to pay their debts....everyone should have opportunity at that and I hope their greed gets the best of them so they can really face their real debt just like everyone else!!!! Full Review »
  3. Oct 27, 2012
    0
    A glorification of neo-colonial land grabs this show perpetuates the myth of Africa as a wild place rich in corruption, minerals, danger, andA glorification of neo-colonial land grabs this show perpetuates the myth of Africa as a wild place rich in corruption, minerals, danger, and adventure. The show is like a non-fiction modern-day Heart of Darkness; the protagonists lose their humanity and become ever more lost in the jungle in an effort to complete a mission that will nullify their failures at home. The program raises absolutely no objection the unsustainable and environmentally destructive practices of strip mining, mining's population displacement, or the lack of fair compensation paid to local communities. The show's only redeeming quality is an unintentional commentary on the depths that some people will stoop to for their own financial aggrandizement at the expense of their fellow human beings. I was a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa and spent a semester abroad in Senegal when I was in college. Shame on you Discovery Channel. Full Review »