• 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

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 18, 2011
Alison Willmore
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
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
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
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
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
Reyhan Harmanci
San Francisco Chronicle
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Oceanic movies in actual science museums are far more interesting and nuanced than this documentary -- not to mention the wildly popular Planet Earth series, which even in 2-D looks better.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

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
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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This is the fourth Imax underwater excursion, and the second in 3-D, and it may just be the best yet.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 13, 2009
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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Under the Sea 3D is one of the best of the genre. If it doesn't serve oysters, per se, this submarine wonder offers marvels in abundance.

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February 13, 2009
Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune
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The images are impressive, and include shots of some cuttlefish 'hey-hey' cleverly set to the song Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (the theme song for the Britcom Coupling).

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 13, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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No computer-designed animatronic invention can begin to match the beauty and grace of the oceanic life photographed in Under the Sea 3D.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

February 13, 2009
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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One of the most fun and engaging IMAX movies to date.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

February 12, 2009
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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Here to inspire awe and depression with a vast universe of marine life that, barring possible ecological disaster, will be here eons after we're gone.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

February 12, 2009
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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The tone is optimistic that these amazing creatures can be saved, and the message that the ocean ecology is worth preserving is delivered without preaching.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

February 12, 2009
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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After 40 minutes behind 3-D glasses watching rare aquatic creatures, why bother with airline tickets and scuba gear?

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

February 12, 2009
Derek Adams
Time Out
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It's that kind of detail that makes a the film such an immersive experience. An educational one, too.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/6

February 12, 2009
Alison Willmore
Time Out New York
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The footage is nothing you couldn't approximate by popping in a Planet Earth DVD and sitting incredibly close to your TV.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/6

February 11, 2009
Lael Loewenstein
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Gorgeous, informative and as gripping as a shark's jaws.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 10, 2009
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