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Jane (2017)

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Critic Consensus: Jane honors its subject's legacy with an absorbing, beautifully filmed, and overall enlightening look at her decades of invaluable work.

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Drawing from over 100 hours of never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives for over 50 years, award-winning director Brett Morgen tells the story of JANE, a woman whose chimpanzee research challenged the male-dominated scientific consensus of her time and revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. Set to a rich orchestral score from legendary composer Philip Glass, the film offers an unprecedented, intimate portrait of Jane Goodall - a trailblazer who defied the odds to become one of the world's most admired conservationists.

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Watching Jane was like stepping back in time to a moment at which Homo sapiens learned something new and vital about its own family - the great apes. It was extraordinary.

March 13, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Like so many women in pursuit of their studies, Goodall had to tolerate being studied herself.

January 19, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Brett Morgen's elegant if rather one-note documentary follows Jane Goodall, one of the top authorities on chimpanzees, from fearless twentysomething to respected eco-ambassador.

November 29, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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It's most evocative as a memorable portrait of a woman, both in youth and late life, who always knew what she wanted - and who, in doing so, helped make the world a better place.

November 28, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

A portrait of the primatologist as a young woman.

November 23, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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... a fascinating affair, both as a natural history film and as a closely focused study of a woman who lived her own real-life version of The Jungle Book.

November 22, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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