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Venturing into the wilds of China, "Born in China" captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.
Adventure - As with all other Disneynature films, this is an animal-centered
documentary aimed at the whole family, especially kids. The somewhat
juvenile tone of the narration makes this less of an educational
experience for adults. There are some moments of animals hunting
prey that may be too intense for the very young, as well as an
unhappy ending for one of its stories.
Roger EbertFull Review Average ...realistically, much of "Born in China," which revolves around four animal families as they face challenges together, is for parents. The film patly confirms what "The Lion King" already taught '90s kids: we should take comfort in knowing that everything in life is natural when seen as part of the "circle of life,"...
Slant MagazineFull Review Below Average Born in China is neatly organized around not only the changing of the seasons, but a Disney-branded "circle of life” ethos, threaded by imagery of cranes; in Chinese mythology, the birds are said to carry a soul from its death to its reincarnation.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 41 moviegoers:
WOW! The movie critics were certainly wrong about this movie. They rated it average and below average but moviegoers gave "Born in China" some of the highest reviews I've seen in a long time. If this looks like a movie you might enjoy, GO SEE IT! Your probability of enjoying it (or even loving it) is very high.