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A teenage boy raised by gorillas in Africa falls for a pretty conservationist following a chance meeting in the jungle, but finds their romance threatened by a menacing Silverback, and a scheming capitalist in search of a new energy source in this animated adaptation of Edgar Rice Burroughs' classic tale. John Greystoke, Jr. was just a toddler when he accompanied his adventurous mother and father on a journey into Africa in search of a mineral that could revolutionize the energy industry. That trip turns tragic, however, when their helicopter crashes in a race to escape a massive storm,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 17%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Proves that technical knowhow and a reliable old yarn will only get you so far when imagination is lacking."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The latest reimagining of a classic text leaves one feeling like a character from Godot -- waiting on a barren stretch of road for something, or someone, to show up and alleviate the never-ending monotony."
‑ Thomas Derwin, FILMINK (Australia)
"A perfect mute-button movie, better seen than heard."
‑ Brian Orndorf, Blu-ray.com
"While the motion-captured 3D CG has an uncanny photorealist quality, the wisdom of attempting to turn Tarzan into an Avatar-lite fantasy remains, at best, questionable."
‑ Mark Kermode, Observer [UK]
"The characters' faces have the expressiveness of shop mannequins and the scenery looks as if it was created by a low-end PC."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
"The motion capture feels like a stunt, while the stunts ... don't."
‑ Peter Debruge, Variety
"The villains are cardboard cutouts, and the good guys aren't much better; wildlife advocate Jane (voiced by Spencer Locke) is a disappointingly passive character."
‑ Philippa Hawker, Sydney Morning Herald
"The human characters all look flat and dead-eyed."
‑ Hilary A White, Irish Independent
"The animation is efficient but bland. The characters have all the expressiveness of plastic dolls."
‑ Geoffrey Macnab, Independent
"While not of Disney/Pixar animation quality - especially in the appearance of the humans - this lively fantasy packs in enough tropical incident and vivid action to pass muster."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"All of this feels awfully simplistic, like a 10-minute cartoon sketch bloated into a full-length movie, and one that's backed by an over-explanatory voiceover that can sometimes sound awkward."
‑ Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter
"There is much to admire in "Tarzan," but no lingering emotional through-line to this particular telling."
‑ Dustin Putman, DustinPutman.com
"Having trashed one icon in The Legend Of Hercules, Kellan Lutz shafts another with vocals admittedly well-suited to the muscle-bound mannequin."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"Do we really need another version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' most ripping yarn? Not on the basis of this Tarzan, a bland motion capture animated feature."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"Why the German production team felt the need to spice up the story of a boy who grows up to become 'king of the jungle' with an even more improbable tale involving a meteorite and a lost world is frankly anybody's guess."
‑ Brian Viner, Daily Mail [UK]
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