"A very intelligent and beautiful film drawing parallels between the hidden forces of animality everywhere and the cinema medium as a storehouse of virtual powers. [...] Animal Kingdom is rivetting. [...] a film-animal, repetitively clawing out its singular territorial space" - Fergus Daly
"A film which pushes against the limits of what is possible in a digital cinema"
- aemi (Artists' and Experimental Moving Image)
"A genre defying exploration of the cinematic apparatus... heralding a new direction in Irish cinema."
- Sunniva O'Flynn (Head of Irish Film Programming, IFI Irish Film Institute)
Animal Kingdom is one of the most confusing, bewitching, fractured, compelling pieces of cinema I think I have ever encountered! In the vein of Kotting and yet wholly unique. A chaotic, entrancing, odd cinematic fever dream"
"[Kavanagh] has certainly reached a new cinematographic experimentation level, which is destined to set a precedent, to be followed for a continuous innovation of the cinema" - Hira Lombardi (CinePensieri)
"... [a] visual-hurricane, over 120 minutes of implosive defragmentation, kaleidoscopic flashes and cerebral sounds [...] Material of immense psychotropic potential" - Luca Gigliotti (Post Tenebras Cinema)
"Animal Kingdom is a spiritual odyssey, an oneiric vision that has a strongly cathartic effect... [it] appeals to the extra-sensorial profundities of the collective unconscious, in which the traditional descriptive narration has no reason to exist"
- Letizia Hushi (La Scimmia Pensa)
"...a dark phantasmagoria. [...] abstract, esoteric and mystifying eye-candy that will haunt you for days... Humans can be strange creatures, but some filmmakers are like aliens" - Nikola Gocić (NGboo Art)
"...a whirling and provocative expression, technically perfect and extremely challenging in content. [...] Kavanagh's feature is unassailable (and definitely more than satisfying) from a stylistic point of view, an authentic explosion of psycho-sensitive sensations and stimuli, with a well-kept and hypnotic sound" - Francesco Fabris (Post Tenebras Cinema)
"A modern masterpiece, a unique and devastating experience" - Alessandro Coloberti (cinemadermister)
Animal Kingdom was funded by The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon