The Meerkats
The Meerkats (2008)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 15, 2008
DVD Release Date: September 1, 2009
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A cheerful and cute - though never overly mawkish - nature-doc about... you guessed it... Meerkats.

Derek Adams
Time Out

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.

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David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)

A movie guaranteed to enchant all. Mind you, with a cast this cute, they couldn't really fail.

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Catherine Shoard

"Even the wind has dust in its eyes," remarks Newman, at an especially weepy bit. Others may have trouble keeping them open.

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Philip French
Observer (UK)

Has some good footage but is more Disney-anthropomorphic than Attenborough-authentic.

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Daniel Etherington

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.

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Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

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.

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Peter Whittle
Sunday Times (UK)

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.

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Wendy Ide
Times (UK)

The beauty and intimacy of the material they so painstakingly captured ultimately overrides the mawkish score and sentimental narration.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A film that is entertaining, informative and filled with irresistibly cute critters.

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