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The African savanna elephant is the world's largest animal and one of the few species that live in a matriarchal society. The Elephant Queen introduces us to Athena, a 50-year-old tusker a now rare elephant whose tusks grow long enough to reach the ground who is queen of her herd. These animals live in the arid lands of Africa, where food and water are scarce and there is a precarious balance between life and death. We join them as their green season watering hole is drying up, and Athena is weighing the dangerous trek to the oasis that is their dry-season refuge, a precarious journey particularly for the youngest elephants. Throughout their adventure, we witness their lives, the challenges they face, and the complex ecosystem that depends on them for survival.

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Oct 18, 2019

A world in which the stunning nature docs of shows like “Planet Earth” and “Our Planet” exists is going to make projects like The Elephant Queen harder to stand out in comparison, but I highly recommend at least watching the final half-hour in theaters or on Apple TV. It’s some of the most powerful nature footage in years.

Metacritic review by Brian Tallerico
Brian Tallerico
Oct 17, 2019

The Elephant Queen may not suit every adult viewers’ taste, but it is exceptionally sensitive and consistently thoughtful, especially when it’s concerned with the sorts of facts of life of which younger kids are probably already vaguely aware.

Metacritic review by Simon Abrams
Simon Abrams
Oct 16, 2019

Shot over four years in Kenya, the film boasts an undeniable authenticity, thanks to its filmmakers' quarter-century of experience making wildlife films in Africa. And while elephants are naturally camera-friendly subjects, their behavior here is captured with a particularly impressive immediacy.

Metacritic review by Frank Scheck
Frank Scheck
The Hollywood Reporter