Oceans (Disneynature's Oceans) Reviews

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Michael Phillips
At the Movies
April 26, 2010
Visually [it's] quite seductive.
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
April 26, 2010
Oh, it's amazing.
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Dana Stevens
Slate
April 23, 2010
Its visual splendor more than makes up for its intellectual poverty.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 23, 2010
There are life-and-death dramas, moments of playfulness and tenderness, which create an ever-increasing sense of wonder.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 23, 2010
Horseshoe crabs scuttle like possessed Nazi helmets and a school of fish morphs from dreidel to disco ball, as if choreographed by Busby Berkeley.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
April 23, 2010
Oceans is more of a random collection of images from the deep. But, boy, what images.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Mary F. Pols
MSN Movies
April 23, 2010
It fulfills Jacques Cousteau's statement that 'the best way to observe a fish is to become a fish.'
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rachel Saslow
Washington Post
April 22, 2010
For all Oceans does to please the eyes and ears, it does nothing to engage the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 22, 2010
The movie could -- should -- be a symphony, and it frequently makes excellent use of spare classical music. When Brosnan pipes up, he is as welcome as a car alarm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 22, 2010
Perfect for families and exquisitely shot, this entry from the Disneynature division is even better and fresher than last year's Earth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 22, 2010
There have, over the years, been a lot of terrific undersea documentaries, but if you want to know what distinguishes this new one, it comes down to a single word: technology.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
April 22, 2010
You're torn. Is this a work of nature pornography or consciousness raising? The movie thinks if it overwhelms us with the former, we won't notice the relative absence of the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 22, 2010
Though never quite as stirring as March of the Penguins or Winged Migration, it quickly establishes its own gentle pace.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 22, 2010
While it may not plunge deeply enough, Oceans continues the worthy efforts of explorers such as Jacques Cousteau, reminding us to respect nature and preserve the myriad life forms that rely on the ocean to survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 22, 2010
The voice-over almost manages to turn the majestic into the mundane. Almost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
April 22, 2010
With a subject as literally vast as this one, it's essential to either narrow the focus (make the film about one particular species, or region) or carefully construct the approach (group footage by theme). Oceans does neither.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 22, 2010
It comes to American theaters saddled with narration by Pierce Brosnan, who purrs through the gratingly vague script like the world's plummiest old half-drunken uncle.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 22, 2010
It is highly unlikely that you ever would have the opportunity to witness such spectacles in person; Perrin and Cluzaud scoured all five oceans to bring them to you.
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Jay Weissberg
Variety
April 22, 2010
Boasts extraordinary images rendered with a clarity sure to become a touchstone for nature docus; even viewers who don't care about fish will find plenty to exclaim about.
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Deborah Young
Hollywood Reporter
April 22, 2010
Dazzling nature doc chooses poetry and wonder over storytelling and effects.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 22, 2010
Exposing humans to the rich ecosystem that produced and sustains all life makes Oceans inherently valuable.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 22, 2010
This really is a film that manages to show us things we've never seen and make what we have already seen look different and new.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
April 21, 2010
The film's rigorous commitment to probing the undersea kingdom's oddities separates it from the usual tepid Discovery Channel fare...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 21, 2010
The wow factor alone makes Oceans a great Earth Day/Earth Week at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
April 20, 2010
An almost miraculously photographed showcase of some of the seven seas' least seen and most incredible specimens.