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Adventures of the Penguin King 3D (2013)


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Reviews Counted: 12
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 3
Fresh: 0
Rotten: 3


Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 552


Movie Info

Rex, a young King Penguin, has been away from his home for three years, learning to hunt in the wild oceans, but now he's back - in Penguin City. His mission: to find a mate, settle down and raise a chick. But can he survive the numerous predators and the harsh conditions on an isolated island at the bottom of the world? This is the journey of a typical bachelor King Penguin from awkward adolescent to accomplished adult. It's a family tale, of love and adventure, tragedy and triumph - all told … More

G (for brief mild language)
Documentary , Drama , Action & Adventure , Kids & Family , Art House & International
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Critic Reviews for Adventures of the Penguin King 3D

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (6)

The film is a klutzy rearrangement of documentary footage into a forced story arc narrated in first person by Tim Allen.

Full Review… | December 4, 2013
Village Voice
Top Critic

This mainstream theatrical release is inferior to its shorter educational-film cousin.

Full Review… | December 2, 2013
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

There's little we haven't seen before, including farting elephant seals.

Full Review… | October 23, 2012
Time Out
Top Critic

Nature docu follows King penguin's quest to raise a family.

Full Review… | May 31, 2013
Common Sense Media

The 3D film is a celebration of their remarkable tenacity with enough high dramas and cute moments to keep you enthralled.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Daily Express

Sharp digital photography makes this Antarctic documentary worth a look for nature-movie fans, even though it's both childish and unoriginal.

Full Review… | October 26, 2012

There are some nice images of the teeming penguin population, and great fun to be had witnessing the love life, and indeed sex life, of penguins.

Full Review… | October 25, 2012

Save the price of the 3D ticket and take them to the zoo instead.

Full Review… | October 24, 2012
Little White Lies

David Attenborough's authoritative narration is preferable to the sonorous commentary read by Morgan Freeman in the English version of the French picture.

Full Review… | October 21, 2012
Observer [UK]

Despite having already seen March Of The Penguins a number of times, I still found this 3D documentary from Sir David Attenborough to be utterly fascinating.

Full Review… | October 19, 2012
Sun Online

The 3D photography is shallow and muddy, although a David Attenborough voiceover helps sustain interest.

Full Review… | October 18, 2012
Daily Telegraph

It's not as epic as March Of The Penguins, or as stunning as the BBC's usual slo-mo nature porn - but with nary an animated tap dance in sight, it's still king of the 3D penguins.

Full Review… | September 28, 2012
Total Film

Audience Reviews for Adventures of the Penguin King 3D

I adore penguins, I love them with all my heart. So after I received the Blu-ray for Christmas, I just had to set up all of my cuddly toy penguins on the sofa so we could watch this together. It was a great experience to see such stunning photography in beautiful resolution. Those familiar with penguins wont be too surprised by anything in this documentary, but Attenborough's voice echoes with authority. The film also contains some extraordinarily delicate moments such as penguin realising the egg he has been incubating is actually a rock. I just wanted to curl up and cry. Seeing these creatures in their natural habitat really does slap a smile on my face and I hope to see more penguin documentaries in the future. It's a heartwarming tale about a penguin finding love and raising his child.

Luke Baldock

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