The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

A gorilla (voiced by Sam Rockwell), an ageing elephant (Angelina Jolie) and a dog (Danny DeVito) find themselves in cages at a mall in this Disney live-action fantasy drama based on the novel by K. A. Applegate. Bryan Cranston stars as the mall's owner.

2020Rating: CTCUSA
DramaKids & FamilyTrue Story & Biography
93%
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Reviews & comments

Stuff

Stuff

press

While there’s also the small matter of a slightly confusing conclusion, there is actually a lot to like about Ivan. There’s some devilishly clever and engaging point-of-view shots, a couple of brilliantly conceived, subtly delivered darker moments and a nice, extremely timely line that “change is scary for all of us, we have to trust that kindness will be there”.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Pays off in a soulful way.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Brings a fair amount of heart to a generic story line.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Rather than a heartwarming family favourite-in-the-making, The One and Only Ivan is just a vaguely watchable cookie-cutter caper thrown together by people who should know how to make something far sweeter and substantial, a fleeting attraction for undiscerning young kids and a whelming waste for anyone older.

2.0
Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The charitable representation of Bryan Cranston’s character greatly diminishes the emotional resonance of the film’s dramatic turns in the final act.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Jolie, who also serves as producer along with Brigham Taylor and the late Allison Shearmur, invests her fragile pachyderm with a gentle, world-weary wisdom, while Cranston makes you feel his world crumbling beneath him in a performance that could have easily flirted with cartoon villainy in less accomplished hands

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The film’s genuine bursts of emotion, combined with the wry warmth of the vocal performances and the deftly realistic rendering of the CGI animals, give the project a silverback gorilla-sized heaping of heart.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

It builds to a conclusion that, like the best parts of this film, combines movie-magic whimsy with hard-won realism, slipping some very grown-up ideas (and ideals) into a classic talking-animal charmer.

Stuff

Stuff

press

While there’s also the small matter of a slightly confusing conclusion, there is actually a lot to like about Ivan. There’s some devilishly clever and engaging point-of-view shots, a couple of brilliantly conceived, subtly delivered darker moments and a nice, extremely timely line that “change is scary for all of us, we have to trust that kindness will be there”.

3.0
Variety

Variety

press

Pays off in a soulful way.

The New York Times

The New York Times

press

Brings a fair amount of heart to a generic story line.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Rather than a heartwarming family favourite-in-the-making, The One and Only Ivan is just a vaguely watchable cookie-cutter caper thrown together by people who should know how to make something far sweeter and substantial, a fleeting attraction for undiscerning young kids and a whelming waste for anyone older.

2.0
Slant Magazine

Slant Magazine

press

The charitable representation of Bryan Cranston’s character greatly diminishes the emotional resonance of the film’s dramatic turns in the final act.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Jolie, who also serves as producer along with Brigham Taylor and the late Allison Shearmur, invests her fragile pachyderm with a gentle, world-weary wisdom, while Cranston makes you feel his world crumbling beneath him in a performance that could have easily flirted with cartoon villainy in less accomplished hands

Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

press

The film’s genuine bursts of emotion, combined with the wry warmth of the vocal performances and the deftly realistic rendering of the CGI animals, give the project a silverback gorilla-sized heaping of heart.

IndieWire

IndieWire

press

It builds to a conclusion that, like the best parts of this film, combines movie-magic whimsy with hard-won realism, slipping some very grown-up ideas (and ideals) into a classic talking-animal charmer.

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