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Under the Sea 3D (2009)



Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 4

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Experience up-close encounters with some of the most remarkable marine life ever captured on film while examining the impact of global climate change on the ocean wilderness as award-winning director/cinematographer Howard Hall (Into the Deep, Deep Sea 3D) travels from South Australia to the Indo-Pacific to teach viewers the importance of keeping our oceans clean for future generations. Just how great of an effect does global warming have on marine wildlife, and what can be done to ensure the



Howard Hall, Toni Myers, Graeme Ferguson

Mar 30, 2010


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The footage is spectacular, the colors electric, the life aquatic trippier than anything you'll see in even the most wildly imaginative animated fare.

May 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's impossible not to be wowed by some of the images in Under the Sea 3D, 
the coolest of which are a nice 
reminder that, even in the age of CG wizardry, the best special effects still come straight from Mother Nature.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Under the Sea 3D is a beautiful reminder that movies can take us to places we've never been before. There are still worlds to conquer out there that don't require the gussying up of CGI effects to hold our attention.

February 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
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Even about halfway in, even having settled into your seat with those plastic glasses nestled on your nose, you'll still find yourself dazzled again and again by the impossibly breathtaking beauty of the IMAX adventure Under the Sea 3D.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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The plot may not be much -- amazing creatures live in the sea and if we keep polluting the world a bunch of them will die, so let's stop being such jerks -- but the visuals are absolutely fantastic.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
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If you're not taking the family on an exotic beach vacation anytime soon, consider this a reasonable alternative.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Stunning vision of the beautiful -- and fragile -- ocean.

December 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This film is lovely to look at and would make an ideal vehicle for introducing kids to the world of oceanography and marine biology.

March 29, 2010 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

...if you measure it in terms of the sheer beauty of its presentation, its value is probably incalculable.

March 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

While some of the content may go over younger viewers' heads, it introduces them to complex issues while entertaining them with footage of playful sea lions and slithering snakes that appear to swim right toward your face.

March 20, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Under the Sea 3D offers a rare and gorgeous look at marine life from the heart of the Coral Triangle.

March 8, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Strictly fodder for the preteen set, Under the Sea 3D, the latest IMAX deep-sea-dive exploration (brought to you by the fisheye's point of view), is expectedly rudimentary but a splendor to watch.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

People of any age will be fascinated by the Imax documentary Under the Sea, a riveting look at submarine life around the coast of Australia. I've never experienced such good use of 3D.

February 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

At times, the writing becomes a bit like a sermon about the woes of the oceans, but, in all honesty, I think we can't hear it enough that our environments are changing ----- and not for the better.

February 16, 2009 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

This incredibly ambitious undertaking could only be accomplished by people with a strong love of what they are doing, and patience to match.

February 16, 2009 Full Review
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

A delightful, breathtaking, lively and gently illuminating documentary that must be experienced on a giant IMAX screen.

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Younger children will be engrossed. Older ones may get bored.

February 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Audience Reviews for Under the Sea 3D

great documentary of the ocean and wonderful narration by Jim Carrey
February 1, 2011
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The 3D effects were pretty good, especially sitting near the front. It was not a climatic type film, just informational.
August 17, 2009

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