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The One and Only Ivan (2020)



Critic Consensus: An uncertain approach to the story's darker themes undermines its emotional stakes, but The One and Only Ivan offers heartwarming entertainment for younger viewers.

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While trapped in a cage at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade, a gorilla named Ivan teams up with a caring elephant named Stella to piece together his mysterious past and hatch a cunning escape from their shared captivity.


Helen Mirren
as Snickers
Chaka Khan
as Henrietta
Mike White
as Frankie
Eleanor Matsuura
as Candace McAfee
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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (25)

This expertly tear-jerking Disney movie seamlessly combines human actors with expressive CGI animals, and even manages a happy ending out of a horrible true story.

August 27, 2020 | Full Review…

Whether you think of yourself as a marshmallow or believe you have a heart of steel, there's a strong probability that The One and Only Ivan is going to make you cry... or well up, at least.

August 24, 2020 | Full Review…

It's alternately sappy, peppy, and uplifting. The temptation to watch with the sound off is considerable, though that would do a disservice to the talents of the voice cast.

August 24, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Ivan may be "the one and only", but this cuddly blend of Dumbo and Born Free feels far from unique.

August 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Filming in live-action, with the animals rendered in ultra-detailed CGI, Sharrock does a slick job of marrying the mundane with the fantastical. And her voice cast is delightful...

August 21, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Too often, however, it feels like a rehash of other, better films, and there's not enough that sets "The One and Only Ivan" apart.

August 21, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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