The Last Lions
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A resilient lioness in Botswana's Okavango Delta embarks on an epic journey of survival in this nature documentary from National Geographic and award-winning filmmakers Dereck and Beverly Joubert. Narrated by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons, The Last Lions follows Ma di Tau ("Mother of Lions") as she races to get her cubs to safety during a rampaging fire, and fends off ferocious lioness Silver Eye, the murderous matriarch of a rival pride. Crossing crocodile-infested waters on a quest to reach Duba Island, the fiercely protective mother discovers that in order for her family… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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"Gripping."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Wrenching and wondrous, Dereck and Beverly Joubert's documentary The Last Lions is not a tale for the faint-hearted."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"an extraordinary achievement"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Especially if older kids are already fascinated with wild animals, they'll be mesmerized, and will probably successfully badger you to donate to the cause via text message on the way out of the theater."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"This is National Geographic writ raw for effect, and "The Last Lions" suffers for it."
‑ Jackie Loohauis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"A gorgeous looking film filled with the sort of footage one can only get with patience and persistence."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"While "The Last Lions" lacks the visceral excitement of some other survival dramas, it has anthropomorphic heart to spare."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"There's some heartbreaking stuff here but also moments of triumph. Not to mention visuals that will leave audiences breathless."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
"Visually stunning nature docu has some upsetting scenes."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"If something can be done to save these last lions, this sort of honest appraisal is exactly the first step we need."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Many of the sequences are intense, like those in which the lioness refines its hunting strategies in unfamiliar territory. But they're undercut by Jeremy Irons's sonorous narration."
‑ Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader
"No matter how you feel about real-life drama being shaped and enhanced in the editing room, this is wildlife storytelling at its formidable finest."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"It's uplifting, but also raw and brutal."
‑ Justin Strout, Orlando Weekly
"This nature documentary about the vanishing lions of Africa is not your children's Lion King."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"Quite possibly the most emotionally wrenching, stunningly beautiful film I've yet to encounter - fiction or otherwise."
‑ Alison Gang, San Diego Union-Tribune
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