• G, 1 hr. 20 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Luc Jacquet
    In Theaters:
    Jun 24, 2005 Wide
    On DVD:
    Nov 29, 2005
  • Warner Independent Pictures


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March of the Penguins Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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 Source: Wall Street Journal

August 5, 2013
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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).

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 5, 2013
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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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.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

August 5, 2013

Total Film

A touch David-Attenborough-TV-special in places, but beautifully filmed and dripping with drama, joy and heartbreak.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

August 5, 2013
Leslie Felperin
Radio Times

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

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 5, 2013
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

Full Review Source: Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

August 5, 2013
Richard Luck

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

Full Review Source: Film4

August 5, 2013
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

It set the bar high for future documentaries.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 4/5

June 27, 2011
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 3/4

August 19, 2010
Cole Smithey

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

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: A

June 21, 2009
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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

Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed

April 29, 2009
David Ansen
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This astonishing film, shot in the Antarctic, captures sights never seen before.

Full Review Source: Newsweek

November 1, 2007
Rob Gonsalves

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

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

September 27, 2007
Damon Smith
Time Out New York
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Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York

August 16, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

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

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2/4

July 14, 2007
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics

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.

Full Review Source: Princeton Town Topics | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 27, 2007
Nick Funnell
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine

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.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

April 1, 2006
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

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

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald

March 31, 2006
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