The Meerkats
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An inspiring look at how one family's connection to each other and their surroundings is a model of resilience and fortitude for us all. The story features the coming of age of a young meerkat pup, Kolo growing up in the Kalahari desert.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Despite the involvement of a producer from the BBC's Natural History Unit and the late Paul Newman on voiceover duty, 'The Meerkats' is just another run-of-the-mill wildlife foray."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A movie guaranteed to enchant all. Mind you, with a cast this cute, they couldn't really fail."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
""Even the wind has dust in its eyes," remarks Newman, at an especially weepy bit. Others may have trouble keeping them open."
‑ Catherine Shoard, Guardian
"An engaging, beautifully shot wildlife drama with undeniably cute subjects, but you can't help wishing the film had probed a bit deeper into meerkat society."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"Has some good footage but is more Disney-anthropomorphic than Attenborough-authentic."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Visually striking but not a nature documentary for people who like their wildlife presented with the emphasis on knowledge and information, rather than on story, cuteness and anthropomorphism."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"The narrative lags some way behind the beautiful nature photography and the comical majesty of the meerkat on guard, poking his head above a hidey-hole like a periscope over a parapet. These pictures don't really need any words."
‑ Anthony Quinn, Independent
"Contains plenty of high drama thanks to some judicious editing and cutting-edge camera work and it avoids sentimentalising nature too much by showing death on screen and weaving in a subtle environmental message."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Scotsman
"Like the real-life natural-world Disney features of yesteryear, there's a huge amount of entertainment to be had, especially for kids, although the imposition of a story and the attribution of various emotions to the creatures can get slightly cloying."
‑ Peter Whittle, Sunday Times (UK)
"The beauty and intimacy of the material they so painstakingly captured ultimately overrides the mawkish score and sentimental narration."
‑ Wendy Ide, Times [UK]
"A film that is entertaining, informative and filled with irresistibly cute critters."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
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