The Fox & the Child
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A woman recounts her childhood friendship with a fox as a young girl.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

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"There's plenty of scope for sentimental tears, but I hope most children will go away with something punchier - a longing to observe the natural world in this much detail, and a new respect for the difference between owning something, and loving it."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"A gentle, rambling adventure in the wild."
‑ Don Groves, sbs.com.au
"The Fox and the Child is more than a wildlife documentary. It invites us to contemplate alternative worlds of sensation and experience, to enter the consciousness of other species, to explore our contacts with them."
‑ Evan Williams, The Australian
"A strange mix of doco/fairy tale, this film does have beautiful cinematography but is let down by inconsistencies in tone."
‑ Amy Wheeler, FILMINK (Australia)
"The Tally-ho! brigade may need an extra snifter of sherry if they see Jacquet's new film. It's about to do for foxes what Babe did for pigs back in 1995."
‑ Victor Olliver, Teletext
"Jacquet's golden-hued cautionary tale is beautiful to look at. It's also accurate in the way the time frame of friendship unfolds, and is spot on in illustrating our tendency to anthropomorphise cute animals."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Falls shy of being either a captivating tale for kids or an enlightening documentary for adults."
‑ Anders Wotzke, Moviedex
"It's very beautiful, but it's so contrived."
‑ David Stratton, At the Movies (Australia)
"Exquisite cinematography and a beautifully told story about the unlikely friendship between a little girl and a wild fox, make this a magical experience"
‑ Louise Keller, Urban Cinefile
"Gorgeously scenery and a virtually dialog-free script lends this film an almost fairy tale quality that makes the most of the astonishing camerawork. And this almost makes it bearable as it heads into a rather cloying finale."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Film is largely just the sum of its images and, aside from a surprise ending, is more a pleasant view with charming moments than a consistently gripping narrative."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"The result is Nature seen through the eyes of a solitary and fanciful child with Jacquet intensifying the theatricality of it all by playing around with scale, amplifying every sound and raising the wildlife count."
‑ Sandra Hall, Sydney Morning Herald
"Luc Jacquet doesn't do great narration, but he does animals really well."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"If, for example, Alvin and the Chipmunks is a children's movie, then The Fox and the Child is a children's movie for children who'd prefer to hang out at the local arthouse cinema than at the multiplex."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Children will undoubtedly adore the film, and the local tourist board will probably have to take its phones off the hook."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
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