The Elephant Queen

2019

The Elephant Queen

Critics Consensus

Informative, compassionate, and beautifully filmed, The Elephant Queen should satisfy nature documentary lovers of all ages.

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The Elephant Queen is Athena, a majestic elephant matriarch, who leads her family across an unforgiving, yet cinematic natural landscape made up of grasslands and woodlands, dotted with seasonal waterholes. The elephants share their home with a cast of supporting character species who provide texture and richness to the elephants' ecosystem - from a toenail height perspective. Athena, as leader of her herd, anticipates the coming dry season and knows there are lean times ahead. As the waterholes dry up, she has no choice but to take her family on a treacherous journey across even more foreboding landscapes, as the majestic creatures seek refuge until the rains fall again.

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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (19) | Rotten (2)

  • A cute story about the circle of life.

    Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • A love letter to a gorgeous species that is increasingly in danger.

    Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • From intimate shots beneath the feet of the giant beasts to underground footage, directors Stone and Deeble have made a movie that leaves viewers as much in awe of the animals as of the filmmakers' ability to capture remarkable moments.

    Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Not as tonally stable nor as thematically cogent as it could have been, but it does feature some child-appropriate scenes of animals relieving themselves, having sex, and even dying.

    Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

    Simon Abrams

    TheWrap
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  • Young viewers could certainly handle a few more harsh facts. Yet "The Elephant Queen" sets out, first and foremost, to use a narrative to build compassion. And here, a good story is as effective as a shout.

    Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A gorgeously photographed and detailed portrait of an elephant herd making an arduous journey in search of water.

    Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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