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Arctic Tale (2007)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 98
Fresh: 59 | Rotten: 39

Arctic Tale features breathtaking nature cinematography, but is undone by its over-cutesy narration.


Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 14

Arctic Tale features breathtaking nature cinematography, but is undone by its over-cutesy narration.



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"Arctic Tale" is an epic adventure that explores the vast world of the Great North. The film follows the walrus, Seela, and the polar bear, Nanu, on their journey from birth to adolescence to maturity and parenthood in the frozen Arctic wilderness. Once a perpetual winter wonderland of snow and ice, the walrus' and the polar bear's beautiful icebound world is melting away from underneath them.


Documentary, Special Interest

Dec 4, 2007


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All Critics (98) | Top Critics (32) | Fresh (59) | Rotten (39) | DVD (16)

This anthropomorphic Disneyfication -- presumably intended to give youngsters something to relate to -- is made worse by the film's elementary dialogue and Queen Latifah's crass 'n' brash delivery.

November 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A well-intentioned film that isn't a documentary and isn't a very good adventure story.

August 20, 2007 | Comment (1)
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Make no mistake, Arctic Tale is a stunning film, full of all the astonishing, even breathtaking nature photography we've come to expect from the folks at National Geographic.

August 17, 2007
Miami Herald
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It's aimed at kids, and it hits them squarely: My 6-year-old and his friend sat stock still, hypnotized.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
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Arctic Tale does afford us some beautiful landscape cinematography and up-close looks at creatures in the wild...

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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There's no Jane Goodall required. And the absence of humans proves we needn't be onscreen to make our presence known.

August 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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Arctic Tale isn't a documentary. They say it right there in the title, see? It's a tale. [Blu-ray]

June 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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The photography of Arctic Tale is what makes it so good. The nature documentary style of this movie is brilliant and breathtaking at times.

April 28, 2009 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

This effort soundly delivers the inconvenient truth to the generation who'll inherit it.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...the movie is mainly for the benefit of children, a good thing because the world will soon enough be in their hands.

April 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Overall, Arctic Tale's one true message is clear: Stop global warming before it's too late.

November 20, 2008 Full Review Source:

It doesn't take a cynic to wonder if editing trickery has been deployed to clarify or simply fabricate these events.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

Partnering its ursine heroine's progress with that of a female walrus calf, Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson's documentary combines stunning wildlife footage with an environmental message.

February 12, 2008 Full Review Source:

The filmmakers probably thought the truth would be too upsetting for children, so we get walrus farts instead.

February 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Targeted at pre-schoolers yet with scant educational value, Arctic Tale is best seen by no-one.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A blatant attempt to cash in on the success of March of the Penguins, this wildlife documentary is stunningly photographed, but the attempts at anthropomorphism are frequently irritating.

February 7, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Well intentioned, spectacularly filmed, and packing a vital message, Arctic Tale is worthwhile, even if its old style presentation leaves us less than thrilled.

December 19, 2007 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Capitalizing on the successes of both March of the Penguins and An Inconvenient Truth, the sappy Artic Tale is more akin to a commercial for a McDonald's Happy Meal.

December 9, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Views

those expecting a March of the Penguins-like good time are going to hit eject on the DVD player feeling awfully depressed

December 1, 2007 Full Review Source:

Kid-friendly film serves up inconvenient truth.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Putting an animal's face to global warming is conceptually smart and would've been more effective if it were applied to other species in other climate zones too.

October 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

As a baby boomer myself, "Arctic Tale" falls just short of the Disney gems. But the aquatic adventures of the walruses alone get my seal of approval.

September 13, 2007 Full Review

Although lacking the lyric force of March of the Penguins and Winged Migration, the film combines a great story with world-class photography to tell a unique National Geographic tale.

September 7, 2007
Monsters and Critics

It makes you extremely grateful that Smell-O-Vision was never perfected.

August 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly
Atlantic City Weekly

If it's sometimes a little too pat, a little too cute, bear in mind that this film's target audience is the post-Barney, pre-Bratz set and not John James Audubon.

August 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Arctic Tale

What do we learn watching this movie? Fuzzy baby bears are cuter than baby walruses. Being a wild animal is tough. Its made tougher when the walrus' breeding grounds are melting away.
June 25, 2008

Super Reviewer

Gorgeous vistas are undermined by narration, message, flatulance.
August 8, 2007

Super Reviewer

The footage was amazing and so were the stories of the animals they followed. It's very cute, but also really sad...
April 6, 2009

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