• G, 41 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Howard Hall
    In Theaters:
    Feb 13, 2009 Wide
    On DVD:
    Mar 30, 2010
  • IMAX/Warner Bros.


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Under the Sea 3D Reviews

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Stunning vision of the beautiful -- and fragile -- ocean.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 30, 2010
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

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

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 29, 2010
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

March 17, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

May 29, 2009
Amy Wheeler
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

March 20, 2009
Renie Scolaro Mora

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

Full Review Source: PopMatters | Original Score: 8/10

March 8, 2009
Adam Keleman
Slant Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 3/4

March 6, 2009
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

February 19, 2009
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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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.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

February 18, 2009
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A

February 17, 2009
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

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.

Full Review

February 16, 2009
David Kaplan
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.

Full Review

February 16, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

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

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.5/10

February 15, 2009
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

February 13, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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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.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

February 13, 2009
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

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

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2009
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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If you're not taking the family on an exotic beach vacation anytime soon, consider this a reasonable alternative.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2009
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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The 3-D effects are uncanny; much of the audience ducked when sea snakes lunged at it. You can't get that on your TV set. Yet.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

February 13, 2009
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
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As intimate and enjoyable as anything Imax has done in 3-D.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 13, 2009
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

I've seen so many large- format deep-sea documentaries I'm waterlogged, so I was reluctant to go to Under the Sea 3-D. But I'm glad I did.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

February 13, 2009
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