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Coral Reef Adventure (2004)

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Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

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Coral Reef Adventure follows the real-life expedition of ocean explorers and underwater filmmakers Howard and Michele Hall. The Halls guide us to the islands and sun-drenched waters of the South Pacific, including Australia's Great Barrier Reef, Fiji, Tahiti and the mysterious depths of Rangiroa Atoll, to document the health and beauty of coral reefs. On the giant screen, you'll feel like you're diving and exploring right alongside them!

Jan 6, 2004

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The panoramic views of various island locations are, of course, gorgeous, and inspire a kind of giddy vertigo.

March 26, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Overall, the producers do a nice job balancing beautiful scenery with a serious message.

March 5, 2004
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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Part amusement park ride, part public service announcement, Coral Reef Adventure is most effective when doing what Imax movies do best: transporting audiences to unusual places they might not otherwise visit.

January 30, 2004 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Remarkable undersea footage, most of it starring fish and coral so unusually shaped and brightly colored that one has to remind oneself that they're real.

January 28, 2004 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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A film for all who care about the world their children and grandchildren will inherit.

February 27, 2003 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Adventure it is, and of the most exhilarating sort.

February 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Educational and stimulating, hopefully encouraging environmental support for the world's endangered reefs.

September 17, 2011 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Lots of very pretty images with lots of dazzling colors. There is also an element of science. The trouble is, science and environmentalism don't mix that well.

May 12, 2004 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

You won't find Nemo. But you'll find zillions of other creatures amazing in their color, fragility and rarity.

March 22, 2004 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A truly magical experience, Coral Reef Adventure entices us deep into the ocean's wonderland, dazzling us by the wonders of life beneath the surface.

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Perfectly balances entertainment and nature-science elements in its brisk and sometimes thrilling 46 minutes.

October 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Explores coral reefs around the Pacific Ocean with a dazzling and sometimes irritating variety of computer graphics, brilliant nature photography and jarring sound effects straight out of Finding Nemo.

October 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee
Sacramento Bee

As beautiful as it often is to watch, Coral Reef Adventure ultimately comes off as a bit too kid-friendly and faux-inspirational, which is kind of a drag.

June 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Can be enjoyed simply as a spectacular South Seas travelogue with superb underwater footage. Its environmental warnings are an added and important bonus.

June 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

We learn a lot about dying coral and see a lot of life on the reef.

June 6, 2003 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

The film favors the scientific over the spectacular (visually speaking).

May 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Coral Reef Adventure is a heavyweight film that fights a good fight on behalf of the world's endangered reefs -- and it lets the pictures do the punching.

March 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Big Movie Zone
Big Movie Zone

The large-frame IMAX camera lends itself beautifully to filming the teeming life on the reefs, making this gorgeous film a must for everyone from junior scientists to grown-up fish lovers.

March 7, 2003 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Color, musical bounce and warm seas lapping on island shores. And just enough science to send you home thinking.

February 27, 2003
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[Fiji diver Rusi Vulakoro and the married couple Howard and Michelle Hall] show us the world they love and make us love it, too.

February 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer
Charlotte Observer

A moving and not infrequently breathtaking film.

February 20, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

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