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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 (117) | Top Critics (31)

It doesn't feel like the film knows what it wants to be, and I think the biggest problem is that it brushes up against some really thorny territory like animal captivity and freedom... And yet it seems to really lack the teeth to go there.

August 31, 2020 | Full Review…

The director and writer do introduce plot twists that are not in the book, but they should have gone further. They soften bits of it, with the younger viewers in mind. They should have had us on the edge of our seats...

August 31, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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…

Glossy visuals, photorealistic CG animals, and a schmaltzy score fail to produce even a synthetic lift.

August 24, 2020 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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