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Arctic Tale Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Despite its sad scenes, it sentimentalizes. It attributes human emotions and motivations to its central animals. Its music instructs us how to feel. And the narration and overall approach get in the way of the visual material.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2007
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

During the end credits, kids pop up onscreen to warn you that every time you turn on your lights, a baby polar bear falls to his death through a crevasse of ice cracked by global warming. Or something to that effect.

Full Review Source: Arizona Daily Star | Original Score: 2/4

August 15, 2007
Edward Douglas

The chances of the movie being taken as seriously as other nature docs is fairly slim, because it tries way too hard to be cutesy and kid-friendly.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 6/10

July 24, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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A well-intentioned film that isn't a documentary and isn't a very good adventure story.

August 20, 2007
Brian Orndorf

Surely there are better alternatives for kids who deserve a respectful lesson in arctic wildlife. It may have its heart in the right place, but Arctic Tale doesn't have much of a brain to back it up.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

July 27, 2007
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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But the script, narrated by Queen Latifah, is so embarrassingly dorky (it was co-written by Kristin Gore) that it's like Fred Rogers gone hip-hop.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 25, 2007
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Despite the film's undeniable technical achievements, it's hard to walk out of the theater without sensing that you've witnessed a bit of a cheat.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

July 26, 2007
Peter Sobczynski

Since I would give the visual portion of "Arctic Tale" the maximum number of stars and the audio portion the minimum, I suppose that I will have to split the difference and give the film as a whole the middle amount.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 10, 2007
Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
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Despite the storytelling faults, Ravetch and Robertson offer remarkable footage from the evaporating Arctic.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

August 3, 2007
Christopher Null

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

December 1, 2007
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

April 13, 2009
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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I'm no holdout about the reality of global warming, but fictionalizing and anthropomorphizing animal adventures to make the point and then calling it a documentary puts these filmmakers in a league with pre-Sicko Michael Moore.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 27, 2007
Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
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Makes the mistake of anthropomorphizing its subjects and substitutes pallid whimsy for reportage.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

July 26, 2007
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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Watching these endangered species evolve new approaches to hunting and shelter is fascinating, but the movie is seriously marred by a cloying screenplay and such kid-pleasing touches as shots of walruses belching and farting.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 3, 2007

The cinematography is stunning as it captures some amazing nature footage, but it's a film that you can easily watch and enjoy at home on video.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2007
Jette Kernion

Some kids at the screening I attended were growing restless ... and so was I.

Full Review Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2/5

August 18, 2007
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

Arctic Tale isn't a documentary. They say it right there in the title, see? It's a tale. [Blu-ray]

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 19, 2009
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

February 8, 2008
Angela Baldassarre

When anthropomorphizing animals in an animated movie, it's effective and enjoyable. But when it's used in a documentary, the process is tantamount to cheating. Such is the case of "Arctic Tale".

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August 6, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Displaying more corn than is usually found at the North Pole, Arctic Tale documents the travails of a polar bear cub and a walrus pup as they struggle toward adulthood.

| Original Score: 2/5

July 25, 2007
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