"Sweet, heart-and trunk-tugging." - Manohla Dargis, The New York Times
"Charming" - NPR.org"A parable, one that's less about elephants or animals than about human beings" - Salon.com
“A deep, subtle, illuminating film. It's like a Chekhov play. Utterly amazing." - Lily Beven, Director
“At heart, it's really about our responsibility to those we love and how we can separate our own wishes from their best interests – and that applies to everybody, not just elephants.” - Aimee Levitt, Riverfront Times
"A captivating father and daughter narrative...wholly satisfying...a compelling antidote to the man vs nature narrative...illuminating" - Sam Kressner, Film Critic.com
"This superbly informative, affecting documentary about an undying bond between man and beast may well be the most moving film of 2011... Forget Garbo and Robert Taylor in Camille, or even Leo & Kate in Titanic. One Lucky Elephant reveals a love story even more heartbreaking, that between circus impresario David Balding and Flora, an African elephant he has trained since infancy to perform...clear-headed yet passionate...pulls the viewer in so powerfully that you can feel the cliffhanger-like, fraught anxiety shared by both master and beast." -David Noh, Film Journal International
"Leeman exquisitely controls the dissemination of information in "One Lucky Elephant," peeling back the layers of the story to deepen our understanding and emotional investment."- Moving Pictures Magazine
LA Times "Be careful what you wish for. Especially if you wish for an elephant." - Kenneth Turan
Huffington Post "Films Illuminate Human-Animal Relationships -- a Paradigm Shift Is Underway" -Jerry Cope
Huffington Post "Los Angeles Film Festival: Video Interview With Lisa Leeman and Cristina Colissimo About One Lucky Elephant" - Michael Kurcfeld
Variety "A parable of pachydermish proportions"
Hollywood Reporter "Impressive and affecting”
Indiewire "Leeman focuses on the tendency to interpret animal behavior through the prism of human thought."