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Earth (Disneynature's Earth) (Planet Earth) (2009)

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87

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 79 | Rotten: 12

With its spectacular and extensive footage, Earth is both informative and entertaining.

89

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 27
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 3

With its spectacular and extensive footage, Earth is both informative and entertaining.

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As co-directed by Mark Linfield and Alastair Fothergill, the nature documentary Earth represents an edited-down version of the 12-hour small-screen miniseries Planet Earth, reslated for cinematic release. The program provides a sweeping 99-minute tour of our home planet's biosphere -- spanning every level of gaze, from the epic (crystal-clear shots of the Earth hovering in space) to the hyper-specific (a mother polar bear and her cubs waking from a lengthy period of hibernation). The film almost

Sep 1, 2009

$32.0M

Walt Disney Films

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All Critics (91) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (79) | Rotten (12) | DVD (3)

Solid docu about global-warming informs rather than preaches.

December 17, 2009
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For most of the way this is an eye-popping, not blood-curdling, experience.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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For a round-the-world trip, it feels a bit like a budget bus tour.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comment (1)
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[The directors] know how to craft a sequence (lions and elephants uneasily drinking at the same water hole), have an eye for the telling shot (baboons mincing across a flood plain), and mercifully avoid making the fauna look human.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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As a spectacle Disney's Earth is right out of this world.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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For adults, Earth misses the mark of riveting storytelling. Earth crams in the dramatic adventures of several species (including penguins) -- with the result that it comes up short on telling one really good story.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Comments (3)
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It's impossible to not come away with a renewed respect, appreciation and awe for this place we all call home.

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: American Profile
American Profile

When Disney gets involved in making things green, we're talking about the color of money.

July 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Earth hits all the right notes, and if Disney corners the market on nature documentaries and creates an annual cinematic event of this caliber tied into Earth Day, so be it.

January 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

A beautiful mix of humor, heart and spectacle that puts the studio that invented the True-Life Adventure back in touch with its wild side.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Reminds us that no matter where you are, this third rock from the sun of ours is a gorgeous thing.

September 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Like Arctic Tale, this is a great looking and interesting view of nature. Also like that other 2007 film, Earth falls short of being truly memorable.

September 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Those familiar with the Discovery series Planet Earth won't find anything new here, but the James Earl Jones-narrated movie is fine on its own.

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Times
Washington Times

Earth may be the most striking collection of nature photography I've ever seen. It isn't flawless, but it is a one-of-a-kind treat.

August 11, 2009 Full Review Source: UGO

A gorgeously photographed nature documentary that doesn't have enough happy moments and has far too many tragic ones.

May 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

What this is, in fact, is the live-action version of the opening of The Lion King, celebrating the 'circle of life.'

May 17, 2009

Earth caters to a younger audience, keeping its biological and environmental lessons at a basic level of understanding.

May 7, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

...if not exactly innovative, at least breathtaking on a how-in-the-world-did-they-get-that-shot level.

May 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Setting new standards in precision wildlife photography, "Earth" remains little more than eye candy. A Playboy magazine of the planet earth.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

It's not only a good watch but is informative.

April 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Disney puts truth in the drawer claiming that "changing weather patterns" cause drying rainforests, when it's the destruction of the rainforest that is causing the changing weather patterns.

April 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Tolucan Times | Comments (6)
Tolucan Times

I didn't learn anything but it's fun, which I didn't expect. Animals do stuff. I don't see how it's an overall ecosystem but whatever.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Can Magazine | Comment (1)
Can Magazine

The production values of this film are very good, but it wanders away from its three main storylines often enough that it may not hold the attention of children.

April 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

EARTH opens with a dazzling scene of the planet from space and then flits around the globe to give us equally astonishing shots of animals in survival mode and at play.

April 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Tri-City Herald
Tri-City Herald

Audience Reviews for Earth (Disneynature's Earth) (Planet Earth)

im a huge fan of nature films and this movie is no exception it takes the visuals to its advantage and its fantastic to look at
January 20, 2011
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Undeniably beautiful and soothing but a bit too preachy and pretentious to really leave a huge impact.
July 2, 2009
jennifxu

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This documentary was shot over four years in countless locations and combines the best nature and animal photography you have ever seen to a very powerful film. Not only is it sweet and funny, but also breathtakingly beautiful, cruel and true, just like nature. Some of the scenes, like the paradise birds or the wading monkeys, are so jaw-droppingly new and amazing that you can't help but rub your eyes. The very fitting and lovely soundtrack plays a big part in creating a unique atmosphere, as well. The commentary states interesting facts every once in a while, but never annoys with too much information or by stating the obvious. While the final message of showing more care for the environment and nature is not presented very subtly it is still a valid one to make. Considering the beautiful images of landscapes and animals you followed for 90 minutes at that point, it would take a fool not to agree. As far as nature documentaries go, this is by far the most impressive film I have ever seen.
June 7, 2009
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