The Tiger Rising

audience Reviews

, 73% Audience Score
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    My friend and I both agreed that this is the worst movie we've ever seen, after reading and loving the book. It's god-awful.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    Grief can run so unbelievably deep that it can control your life. Sadly, this is the case with 12-year-old Rob Horton in the new film The Tiger Rising. This powerful film is packed with so much, that it will undoubtedly become the perfect resource to help people overcome challenges. Although its subject matter is somewhat heavy, this film will leave its viewers with a sense of empowerment that each of us has for what it takes to make it through our darkest days. Based on Kate DiCamillo's book, The Tiger Rising follows a young boy on his heartfelt journey following the loss of his mother. Young Rob (Christian Convery) flees with his Dad to a new town to start their life anew. Rob is bullied at his new school, but finds friendship with Sistene (Madalen Mills), an aggressive and outspoken classmate who is also new to the area and dealing with problems of her own. Rob stumbles upon a caged tiger and shares his find with Sistene who insists that this tiger be set free. Feeling confused about doing the right thing, Rob seeks advice from the motel's maid Willie May (Queen Latifah) who gives him genuine and endearing advice. What I liked most about The Tiger Rising is how symbolic it is. The tiger in the cage represents the very trapped Rob and Sistine. Both of these kids are struggling with their trapped emotions very much like the tiger that spends his days pacing back and forth in his tiny cage. The actors for this film completely fit their roles and give it such meaning. The Tiger Rising tugs at the heart and creates gratitude for our blessings in life, which I also appreciate. The outcome of the film is suspenseful and filled with complex emotions, leaving viewers both sad and glad at the same time. Also worth a mention are the terrific visual effects that bring such life to the tiger. The films explores Rob's close family relationships, as shown in Rob's flashbacks and how, when those bonds are no longer there, they are replaced by the bonds of friendship. When these two kids hit rock bottom, they must trust one another to lift themselves back up. The main themes of The Tiger Rising are about relationships and trusting others. There is a deeper message in The Tiger Rising, however. Loss and grief can cause you to become caged and isolated from the world; yet the only way to be released from it is to find a way to free yourself. Each of us has the ability to move beyond these constraints and Willie May's advice of "nobody can rescue you, you have to rescue yourself," expresses the importance of self-empowerment. I give The Tiger Rising 4 out of 5 stars, and recommend it to ages 8 to 18. Adults, especially educators, will also love this film. By Dominic D., KIDS FIRST!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    Beautiful movie. My little one loved it.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    It's a solid movie. Not the best I've ever seen, but not the worst. Queen Latifa was solid. Wonderful, warm, compassionate. The kids (the two child actors) were very convincable. They both had very complex characters and I thought the did well. Dennis Quaid just can't pull off a bad guy. He flashes that smile and it's over. I struggled to believe he was a dirt bag. But the movie, overall, was very entertaining. I think it might be hard to enjoy if you're incapable of empathy, because the children are dealing with VERY hard topics. I think anyone capable of relating to kids will appreciate the film.
  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
    I enjoyed watching the movie The Tiger Rising. As a fan of actor Dennis Quaid and actress Queen Latifah, I was excited to see this movie. I thought it was great movie to see with my children. They were instantly able to understand Rob's heartache and what he was experiencing. He is dealing with the grief of losing his mother and meets a little girl, Sistine, who is, also, dealing with her own emotions involving her parents' divorce. It is sad movie that I had to find my tissues throughout, but the story offers hope and coping with traumatic experiences. I do have to warn that the ending could be upsetting for younger audiences. I am giving The Tiger Rising four stars. I recommend it for families of all ages. It would be a great way for them to bring up much needed conversations. I received an early screener link of The Tiger Rising, but was not required to write a positive review. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I would recommend this movie to children from middle school aged to high school. I think some elementary level might be able to watch the movie but parents would probably to watch it first to decide. I liked how the movie touched on bullying, physical, and verbal abuse. It was heartbreaking to witness how judged this little boy who suffered from a rare rash that was a medical condition. He wasn't allowed in school for most of the movie because they are afraid it's contagious and there was a great deal of judgement towards him. He meets a new girl at school who has a rough childhood with an absent father and she believes he is coming back to get her. I will say I didn't care for this little girl's attitude in the movie. She just seemed very hateful and bossy. In the movie, we see their imagination grow and they meet a tiger and they want to set it free from the cage. I do believe my most favorite actress in the movie is Queen Latifah hands down. She played a maid and she added motherly wise to the movie. One of my most favorite things, she had was a conversation with Rob about his legs and the rash. She explained to him how to let the sadness rise up. Dennis Quaid played more of a jerk in this movie and cared more about himself only. The boy's father wasn't much better in my opinion when the boy's mother died (played by Katharine McPhee). He was told to pretty much stop crying because it wouldn't bring her back. There was a lot of sadness, hurt, pain, and even some abuse from bullying in the film. It covered a lot of difficult topics present and there is a number of different emotions with the main goal of how important it is to handle our emotions.
  • Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
    So bad. Just so bad. My nieces kept asking when it was going to be over. When I told them 5 minutes, they said they hoped it would be over in 1.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    I thought it was refreshing, in that your imagination allows you to dream beyond your situation. As an Educator, I have often work with various students who have an active imagination. My job was to help develop and direct those imaginations in a positive way. Also, the movie reiterate how family, community, and compassion helps us all grow to make this world and better place. We as a society need to foster more of this, especially with the younger generations.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    We absolutely loved this family movie!
  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars
    Not very good same setting