March of the Penguins (2005)

March of the Penguins



Critic Consensus: Only the most hardened soul won't be moved by this heartwarming doc.

Movie Info

Emperor penguins overcome daunting obstacles in order to return to their breeding grounds for mating season. This tells the story of one year in the life of a flock -- focusing on one couple in particular -- as they trek across the Antarctic on an annual journey that invokes just about every major life experience: from birth to death, from dating to mating, from comedy to tragedy, and from love to fighting for survival.

Rating: G
Genre: Documentary
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 29, 2005
Box Office: $77.4M
Warner Independent Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for March of the Penguins

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (49)

Watch them march to the very extremes of extremis, though, and it's easy to feel awe. Life must beget life, whatever the cost.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for us than for them).

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

French director Luc Jacquet and a team of incredibly brave (and heavily bundled) documentary filmmakers captured this complicated mating ritual with strikingly crisp photography that's both grand and intimate.

Full Review… | August 5, 2013
Associated Press
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This astonishing film, shot in the Antarctic, captures sights never seen before.

Full Review… | November 1, 2007
Top Critic

Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature.

Full Review… | August 16, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Morgan Freeman's slick voice-over compounds a slightly plodding structure, but the dedication of the penguins -- and the cameramen -- assure your wonderment.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for March of the Penguins

Visually stunning, inconceivably adorable ... and even educational.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

March of the Penguins a truly remarkable film. It is enchantingly moving and you must have a stone cold black heart to not enjoy this spectacle. Absolutely incredible, greatly emotional and a sincerely unfortuante true story turned into entertainment by cinematic geniuses.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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March of the penguins is about a real life group of penguins as they go on their mission to get back their mating ground. On their annual journey that invokes just about every major life experience that u can have in the life of a penguin.
Good story
It really shows what it is like to a penguin.
Really moving.

erika bruhns

Super Reviewer

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