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March of the Penguins

March of the Penguins (2005)



Average Rating: 7.8/10
Reviews Counted: 180
Fresh: 170 | Rotten: 10

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


Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 48
Fresh: 45 | Rotten: 3

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



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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.



Luc Jacquet, Michel Fessler

Nov 29, 2005


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All Critics (180) | Top Critics (48) | Fresh (170) | Rotten (10) | DVD (31)

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

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for us than for them).

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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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.

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

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature.

August 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Morgan Freeman's slick voice-over compounds a slightly plodding structure, but the dedication of the penguins -- and the cameramen -- assure your wonderment.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A touch David-Attenborough-TV-special in places, but beautifully filmed and dripping with drama, joy and heartbreak.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The avian protagonists' comical ungainliness on land and deadpan manner make for adorable viewing, while the austere, glacial landscape is consistently breathtaking.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The love story may be tenuous, but the penguins are undeniably sweet and silly, sliding on their bellies, and the impossibly cute chicks offer up plenty of slapstick.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

With such incredible subject matter, March Of The Penguins cannot help but hold the attention. It's impossible not to warm to the penguins.

August 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Film4

It set the bar high for future documentaries.

June 27, 2011 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

plays like a high-end Discovery Channel special, but it's compelling and beautiful just the same, exuding a love for its subject matter that's infectious

August 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

...a glorious documentary about the remarkable mating cycle of "emperor" penguins.

June 21, 2009 Full Review Source:

Did I love it? No. Did I like it? Sure.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's a rather offensively human-centered approach to what should be a mystifying and beautiful experience.

September 27, 2007 Full Review Source: | Comments (5)

Though it seems like a somewhat wasted opportunity to shed some light on these creatures, you can't fault Mr. Jacquet for his efforts.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

Director Jacquet has cleverly figured out a way to anthropomorphise his wondrous, web-footed subjects, as they deal with hunger, rejection, loss, loneliness, and sensuality.

June 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics
Princeton Town Topics

Director Luc Jacquet captures some remarkable nature shots, getting up close and documenting the entire frigid process, yet the film itself plays like little more than a PBS special.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

It's a missed opportunity to make a great documentary, but still decent family entertainment, with awe-inspiring Antarctic scenery and some very cute stars.

April 1, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

March of the Penguins is a staggeringly beautiful film about the breeding cycle of the toughest birds on Earth, the emperor penguins of Antarctica.

March 31, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Audience Reviews for March of the Penguins

Visually stunning, inconceivably adorable ... and even educational.
September 9, 2012
Sam Barnett

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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.
February 20, 2012
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Directors Cat

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Adorable and informative. A thorough wow session.
February 4, 2012

Super Reviewer

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.
June 1, 2011
erika bruhns

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  • Die Reise der Pinguine (DE)
  • March of the Penguins (UK)
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