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Oceans (Disneynature's Oceans) (2009)

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81

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 61 | Rotten: 14

Oceans adds another visually stunning chapter to the Disney Nature library.

88

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 21 | Rotten: 3

Oceans adds another visually stunning chapter to the Disney Nature library.

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Winged Migration co-directors Jacques Cluzaud and Jacques Perrin re-team for this documentary produced for Walt Disney Studios' Disneynature banner and exploring the many mysteries of our planet's oceans. Almost three-quarters of the earth's surface is covered by oceans, yet strangely we seem to know more about deep space than the world of the sea. There's no question that the ocean has played a crucial role in the history and sustenance of humankind, but what secrets does the underwater world

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Oct 19, 2010

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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (61) | Rotten (14) | DVD (5)

Visually [it's] quite seductive.

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comment (1)
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Oh, it's amazing.

April 26, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies
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Its visual splendor more than makes up for its intellectual poverty.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Slate
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There are life-and-death dramas, moments of playfulness and tenderness, which create an ever-increasing sense of wonder.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comments (2)
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Horseshoe crabs scuttle like possessed Nazi helmets and a school of fish morphs from dreidel to disco ball, as if choreographed by Busby Berkeley.

April 23, 2010
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Oceans is more of a random collection of images from the deep. But, boy, what images.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Comments (4)
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hits all the right buttons, focusing on the cute (like the seals and penguins) to the dangerous (like the sharks) and the majestic (like the whales)

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Oceans contains some of the most beautiful imagery ever seen in a feature-length documentary.

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: ABC Radio Brisbane
ABC Radio Brisbane

New technology has helped these filmmakers to build new tools for underwater cinematography that enables them to be more flexible, faster in the water, which is how they captured profile footage of dolphins speeding through the water, for example

May 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Enthralling, enlightening, meditative and often humorous, this is a wonderful documentary about the oceans and those who live within it

May 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

A visually stunning plunge into the life aquatic; shame about the narration.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
sbs.com.au

Compactly profound, appropriately humbling, and this is just the tip of the iceberg.

November 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Projection Booth
Projection Booth

Where's SpongeBob SquarePants when you really need him?

November 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

If the film does have a standout quality, it would be its meditativeness.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Stunning images of some of the most breathtaking and fascinatingly odd creatures of the sea. No cute story added, or needed.

June 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah) | Comment (1)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

a beautiful--at times breathtaking--visual examination of the undersea world

May 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comment (1)
Q Network Film Desk

Fantastic creatures, fantastic photography

May 16, 2010 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Comments (2)
Laramie Movie Scope

Oceans presents the superb underwater photography and cool critters we have come to love from the best nature documentaries.

May 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Comments (2)
Atlantic City Weekly

Quite the beautiful picture to look at, but the person who swims with the Great White is totally insane.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Reno News and Review | Comment (1)
Reno News and Review

Could the script have been less informative? Could it have been more soporifically read than Pierce Brosnan's rendition? I don't think so.

May 1, 2010 Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Comments (5)

Magnificent

April 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Denton Record Chronicle (TX) | Comment (1)
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Oceans works best as a series of pretty pictures, each more beautiful and jaw-dropping than the one before it. If you want context, get online or head to a library.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune | Comment (1)
Salt Lake Tribune

A movie so bursting at the seams with images, it ultimately lacks focus.

April 23, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Comments (3)
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Audience Reviews for Oceans (Disneynature's Oceans)

This documentary about our oceans and the animals and wonders that inhabit it is absolutely stunning. Some images seem so unreal and unseen that you wonder if you are watching a special effect. But you aren't. The film-makers must have had thousands of hours of footage and picked the highlights. They leave you speechless and in awe of the beauty of nature. The narration returns irregularly but remains in the background for the most part, thankfully. In the end, the film does get a tad preachy when it comes to making its point of preserving this Earth. It's sad enough that one has to remind anyone that these oceans are worth protecting, but one wouldn't have to add it to such a film. That doesn't take anything away from the power of these unforgettable images, though.
May 23, 2012
ironclad1609

Super Reviewer

I had high expectations for Oceans and they weren't met. After about 10 minutes I thought the movie was just starting off slow showing some images and then would dive deeper into some issues or facts. 20 minutes later I could see that this would never happen. Visually the movie is very good, with great footage of different species of marine life. However there is nothing more. They might as well not even have a narrator. Nothing he's telling us matters and sometimes doesn't even correspond to what we are watching on the screen. Honestly if this movie didn't have a narrator, I probably would give it three stars. But if it would have had better writing and addressed some actual interesting points I probably would be inclined to give it five stars as the footage is just that amazing. Really disappointing documentary.
July 5, 2011
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Melvin White

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An ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Part thriller, part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Amazing! I loved this documentary. I saw some things I had never seen before. I was impress on how many different ways and shapes God has created these animals that live in the ocean. So many things relate to us and our directly affected by what we do that makes us think if we do enough to contribute. Highly recomended, watch it with your kids, make them learn while there young.

Winged Migration co-directors Jacques Cluzaud and Jacques Perrin re-team for this documentary produced for Walt Disney Studios' Disneynature banner and exploring the many mysteries of our planet's oceans. Almost three-quarters of the earth's surface is covered by oceans, yet strangely we seem to know more about deep space than the world of the sea. There's no question that the ocean has played a crucial role in the history and sustenance of humankind, but what secrets does the underwater world hold? Follow filmmakers Cluzaud and Perrin beneath the ocean waves as they seek out the answer to this and explore the many dangers and mysteries of the deep.
July 3, 2011
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Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

A thoroughly relaxing, awing, beautiful big ocean of a documentary - albeit, a trifle boring.
May 1, 2011
jennifxu

Super Reviewer

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