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Arctic Tale Reviews

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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 20, 2007
A well-intentioned film that isn't a documentary and isn't a very good adventure story.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 17, 2007
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 17, 2007
It's aimed at kids, and it hits them squarely: My 6-year-old and his friend sat stock still, hypnotized.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 17, 2007
Arctic Tale does afford us some beautiful landscape cinematography and up-close looks at creatures in the wild...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 17, 2007
There's no Jane Goodall required. And the absence of humans proves we needn't be onscreen to make our presence known.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 16, 2007
See this in a cool theater on a hot summer day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 16, 2007
Whether you're more attuned to adorable animals or environmental issues, Arctic Tale is pretty cool.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
August 3, 2007
The point is made: life, as the wondrous animals of our very far north know it, is severely endangered. And that can only spell disaster for the inhabitants of lands farther south.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 3, 2007
Though the journey is a little bumpy, it's still a trip well worth taking, for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2007
Despite the storytelling faults, Ravetch and Robertson offer remarkable footage from the evaporating Arctic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 3, 2007
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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 3, 2007
The babies are adorable, the soundtrack choices ('We Are Family') obvious, the biological diversity awe-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
August 3, 2007
Nevertheless, Arctic Tale is a kid-friendly, non-preachy window on the north as a place of wonder and a harbinger of change -- and I'll take Queen Latifah's warm voice over Al Gore's drone any day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 2, 2007
Watching bear cubs and walrus pups struggling to survive against increasingly tough odds, and on ever-slushier ice shelves, has both its shamelessly manipulative side and its dramatically necessary side, as handled here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 2, 2007
Arctic is as charming as it is instructive.
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
August 2, 2007
The best thing about Arctic Tale is the vivid underwater cinematography, shot with such urgency and vibrancy that one might suspect a little CGI assistance has been employed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 27, 2007
Whatever problems some might have with its execution, it's hard to argue against a film whose intent is to kindle youthful compassion for living things and inspire action to protect Earth and its creatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 27, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2007
Makes the mistake of anthropomorphizing its subjects and substitutes pallid whimsy for reportage.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2007
The best reason to see this documentary is for the stunning shots of polar bears and walruses in the Arctic Circle. If the filmmakers had just left it at that, they would have accomplished a lot.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 26, 2007
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.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 26, 2007
...husband-and-wife directing team Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson , who shot much of the footage over more than a decade in the Arctic, are aiming for a playful, casual, child-friendly tone...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 26, 2007
[A] stunningly photographed documentary about a year in the endangered life of an Arctic ice floe.
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Gregory Kirschling
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2007
It's a respectable attempt to get kids who like cuddly animals thinking about death and destruction on a global scale.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
July 25, 2007
The live-action animal drama Arctic Tale arrives in an impressive visual package and even boasts a timely message, but its undistinguished storytelling is a big letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 25, 2007
Arctic Tale is yet another wildlife orgy of ooh-ing and aah-ing designed to expose young ones to the lifestyles of the furry and the fabulous.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 25, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 25, 2007
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
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Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter
June 19, 2007
The film would be more enjoyable if one could turn off the soundtrack and simply revel in the stunning visual evocation of this white-on-white world.