The Elephant In The Living Room
The Elephant In The Living Room (2011)

Set against the backdrop of a heated national debate, director Michael Webber takes viewers on a journey deep inside the controversial American subculture of raising the most dangerous animals in the world, as common household pets. This… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 1, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 6, 2012
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

An exceptionally compassionate, fair-minded film that clearly states, beyond any rational benefit of the doubt, that raising potentially dangerous animals as pets is destructive to animals and humans alike.

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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Spends rather too much time in the troubling company of Terry Brumfield, a barely mobile invalid who houses two full-grown African lions and their four cubs in a trailer in his backyard.

Lindy West
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

A documentary about America's thriving exotic-pet subculture, The Elephant in the Living Room keeps its feet firmly and patiently planted in the OH-MY-GOD-PEOPLE-GET-A-GRIP camp, without losing sight of its subjects' humanity.

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Tasha Robinson
AV Club

The documentary shoots fish in a barrel -- or maybe snakes in Tupperware -- but it does so with gripping, maddening, well-told stories.

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

There's a kind of macho element to the movie that contradicts Harrison's interest in humane treatment with filming the suffering of animals and hoisting a couple of them for the camera.

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Danny Minton
Fort Bend Sun

Incredibly informational, interesting and profoundly moving.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Explores the growing trend of treating dangerous animals as just another household pet.

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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice

Love is messy, unfathomable, and occasionally lethal, as this low-budget, benignly prosaic exposť of the trade in non-domesticated animals proves.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

alarming and heartbreaking documentary ... examines the small but apparently rapidly growing subculture of people who keep exotic animals as pets.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Sarah Prisbylla
It wasn't that well made, but it did uncover a really disturbing occurrence involving wild animals. Really sad to see how people can destroy the animals… More