March of the Penguins - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

March of the Penguins Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 5, 2013
Watch them march to the very extremes of extremis, though, and it's easy to feel awe. Life must beget life, whatever the cost.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2013
Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for us than for them).
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 5, 2013
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.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
This astonishing film, shot in the Antarctic, captures sights never seen before.
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Damon Smith
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature.
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Morgan Freeman's slick voice-over compounds a slightly plodding structure, but the dedication of the penguins -- and the cameramen -- assure your wonderment.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
September 26, 2005
The glacially beautiful new documentary March Of The Penguins confirms that no computer-animated or hand-drawn penguin could ever match the curious majesty of the genuine article.
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David Denby
New Yorker
September 6, 2005
A perfect family movie, a perfect date movie, and one of the most eye-ravishing documentaries ever made.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 5, 2005
Documentaries are the surprise hits of the summer, and none is scoring bigger than Luc Jacquet's wondrous look at the emperor penguins of Antarctica.
| Original Score: 3/4
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David Edelstein
NPR's Fresh Air
August 2, 2005
The movie easily transcends the 'Isn't-that-amazing?' animal genre.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
July 28, 2005
It's an incredible tale of ritual and perseverance, both for the emperor penguin and the untouched land, sparkling white and aqua, pristine and brutal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 22, 2005
Yes, this is nature anthropomorphized. But after seeing this touching and beautiful film, you might not be so quick to dismiss that 'They're a lot like us' point of view.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
July 21, 2005
Mr. Jacquet's magnificent exploration of the tortured life-and-love cycle of the noble emperor penguin soars as one of the most passionate and perceptive expressions of interspecies empathy in the history of the cinema.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 18, 2005
When I go to the movies, I expect to have an experience. This is just a TV show -- admittedly a quality one -- but a TV show nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 15, 2005
It's not a stretch to say these penguins experience recognizable emotions such as grief, jealousy, pride and plain old romance. Who knew?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 8, 2005
A rousing affirmation of nature's brilliance in the face of environmental challenge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 8, 2005
Even if you have somehow managed to resist penguin charm or never given them a second thought, March will leave you amazed at the nobility of the human -- I mean, animal -- spirit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 8, 2005
An amazingly photographed and inescapably fascinating documentary about the life and struggles of emperor penguins.
| Original Score: B
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 8, 2005
A brilliant tour of nature at its most unnervingly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 7, 2005
"March of the Penguins" is exquisite to behold, but what makes this a truly great film is its emotional impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 7, 2005
The cuteness rating of the subjects of this documentary is off the charts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2005
When they fall over, they do it with a remarkable lack of style. And for all the walking they do, they're ungainly waddlers. Yet they are perfect in their way, with sleek coats, grace in the water and heroic determination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 7, 2005
Everything a nature film should be: breathtaking, heartbreaking, soul-inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
July 7, 2005
A gentle film about somewhat alien beings, who entertain us by creating instead of destroying.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 7, 2005
Comes with the shapely narrative of such animated classics as Bambi and The Lion King, and yet the penguins are all quite real.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 5, 2005
March of the Penguins is an astonishing and irresistible documentary set in the frozen no-man's-land of Antarctica.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 5, 2005
There's more drama, and more heartbreak, in March of the Penguins than in most movies that are actually scripted to tug at our feelings.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 1, 2005
The cinematography is exquisite, especially the long, lingering looks at Antarctica -- a splendidly desolate stretch of land rarely seen by human eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 1, 2005
Jacquet has made an absorbing, visually spectacular film.
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Misha Berson
Seattle Times
July 1, 2005
Mostly upbeat, visually stunning and in awe of the resiliency and loyalty of its subjects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
July 1, 2005
It instills a deep reverence for the unforgiving power of nature and the stubborn resilience of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 1, 2005
Kids might blanch at some of the more upsetting images, but ultimately the movie will delight and uplift more families than it will scare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 30, 2005
A delightful, wholesome experience for the family.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 27, 2005
This has the look and feel of a top-notch special on cable, but not a feature film. I can't recommend that viewers spend nine or ten bucks on something that will play perfectly well eventually on TV.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 24, 2005
March of the Penguins captivates with its straightforward but powerful story of dogged determination, survival against harsh odds and sacrifice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 24, 2005
Children will love it, and parents will feel inclined to never again complain about such minor human complaints as 2 a.m. feedings, messy bedrooms or purloined car keys.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 24, 2005
Through the narration and editing that emphasizes the human-like behaviour of the penguins, March of the Penguins sets up sentimental expectations that are abruptly undermined by scenes of nature's brutality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 24, 2005
It's an amazing story, and director Luc Jacquet brings it to the screen in astonishing close-up
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 24, 2005
A remarkable, eye-popping nature documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 24, 2005
You'd have to be inhuman not to adore March of the Penguins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
June 23, 2005
It's impossible to watch the emperor penguins in Luc Jacquet's sentimental but riveting documentary without feeling a tug of anthropomorphic kinship.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
June 23, 2005
Packed with more romance and nail-biting adventure than a summer of tent-pole movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 23, 2005
The stoic, resolute heroes and heroines of Luc Jacquet's March of the Penguins captivate the viewer.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 23, 2005
Beautifully shot film.
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 23, 2005
Jacquet has made a film possessed of an intimacy that seems unfilmable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
June 22, 2005
A fascinating insight into a species about which we know little that is loving, compassionate and unforgettable.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 22, 2005
The Central Park Zoo is cheaper, you can walk away from the penguins after 10 minutes, and it has snow monkeys and beer.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 15, 2005
Luc Jacquet's exquisitely shot eye-of-God study of a year in the lives of these distinctive birds is a nature film built with a feel for the epic and a love of operatic narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Joe Leydon
Variety
May 7, 2005
[The] spirit-lifting finale will delight auds hearty enough to brave the journey.