T. - I completely agree. It is clear that there is biased lobbying being posted here by corporations who seek to squash this important film, and not movie reviews by individuals. Makes me want to share the film even more ;-)
Check out what I copied from the movie website. This provides some true, unbiased insight from movie critics.
Seattle Times: "An exceptionally compassionate, fair-minded film. This topic could easily have been sensationalized as reality TV, but Webber takes the high road, honoring the sanctity of all life while focusing his film on an intimately human scale.
Delaware News Network: "Director Webber, does a good job of providing both sides of the argument. The subject of owning wild animals as pets is not only discussed in this film, but honestly explored as well."
New York Times: "Fair to a fault"
San Diego Entertainer: "Although reporting on a controversial subject, Weber is able to keep the film balanced and objective still making it clear that it is the owner's responsibility to take care of these animals. The Elephant in the Living Room is a heart-warming, yet shocking reality story that is neither accusing nor aggressive"
Hollywood Chicago: "I didn't expect the human angle of this story that is so well-defined from both sides of the debate. The Elephant in the Living Room" could have been an indictment of man's control over nature, but it's a much deeper film than I expected. It's a beautifully focused film that informs while it also presents a very human story. By chronicling someone on both sides of the debate."
Philadelphia Examiner: It's easy to vilify the people who contribute to the problem, but Webber shows the bond that develops between some of the owners and their pets, and that certainly complicates the issue."
Toledo Free Press: "But hold on. This is not an "us vs. them" film, one that tries to bolster one point of view while condemning the opposite. Neither Harrison nor Brumfield is a "bad person," and director Webber does not want us to sympathize with one over the other. Rather, as the movie progresses, we come to see two men who want the best for everyone, human and animal. It's just that, as is often the case, they have wildly differing viewpoints as to what that means. But again, it never feels like Webber is putting his thumb on the scale. The movie does clearly have a point of view, but doesn't arrive there at the expense of denigrating or taking cheap shots. It simply shows us events and facts as they unfold, and lets its conclusion come to the viewer organically."
Games Eye View: "The creative team behind the movie clearly treats its two subjects with the utmost with respect, showing both sides in a sympathetic manner."
SNYC: "Naturally, the key to making those interviews successful is shooting with an unflinching honesty, and certainly Webber does just that. Emotional and candid, it's clear the people on camera are speaking from the heart, whether they're advocating for owners' rights or condemning the idea of keeping animals that could literally eat your face off. It's a tricky debate, and one that the filmmaker takes pains to explore thoroughly."
Independent Film Channel: "Takes the time to consider the positive impact they can have on responsible owners' lives."
Living Cinema: "Director Michael Webber takes an unexpectedly even-handed approach with his documentary."
Box Office Magazine: "This doc's subject could veer towards the theatrical (or circus-like) but Elephant in the Living Room avoids those exploitive pitfalls. Webber's story-telling strategies remain consistently low-key, as he successfully balances the opposing views of exotic animal experts and specialty pet owners."
Prescott News: "Webber avoids the trap of becoming condemning or judgmental of those who own exotic animals and instead allows us to see their story as well."
Columbus ALIVE: "Its thoughtful, even-handed approach is refreshing in a world of docs that lean toward propaganda. Director Michael Webber gives the film a firm position without delivering PETA-approved lectures."
Theater Thoughts.com: "Director Michael Webber is very sensitive with all of the material in "The Elephant In The Living Room". There are two distinct views in the documentary - those who feel that exotic animals are fine as pets and those who do not. Though it seems to cover Tim's journey a bit more, people on both sides of the coin are represented and the camera never judges."
On Demand Weekly: "Webber's film gives balance and voice, allowing both sides to argue their case. Never sensational, and surprisingly never judgmental, THE ELEPHANT IN THE LIVING ROOM is always compelling to watch"