National Geographic: Forces of Nature Reviews

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Top Critic
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
April 29, 2005
One of the few movies where the word 'awesome' truly applies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
April 15, 2005
An engrossing 40-minute National Geographic documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jim Carnes
Sacramento Bee
February 11, 2005
This 50-minute tour of three of nature's great disasters will leave you shaken. Sometimes literally.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
February 11, 2005
An entertaining but frustratingly brief look at the way earthquakes, tornadoes and volcanoes affect humanity.
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News
February 11, 2005
Forces of Nature doesn't just show nature at its angriest; this film explains how and why as well. It's a highly entertaining way to learn valuable lessons.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 4, 2005
Often breathtaking, Forces of Nature reminds us of the true meaning of global power.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
November 19, 2004
Captures the grandeur and terror of our Midwestern cyclonic storms.
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
October 11, 2004
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 14, 2004
An intermittently spectacular science lesson.
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 2, 2004
While occasionally dry and over-reliant on computer-generated visualizations of the Earth's core and tectonic plates, this documentary's impressive footage of natural disasters is nothing short of amazing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
July 2, 2004
This is one of most beautifully shot documentaries in recent memory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
June 17, 2004
Puts audiences extremely close to a series of deadly disasters of the type most of us just read about.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 17, 2004
If you're a person who thinks 'severe weather advisory' means 'time to sit on the porch and watch the lightning,' you'll go for Forces of Nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 10, 2004
While the Hollywood movie cooked up its killer weather on special-effects computers, these are real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
June 4, 2004
Worth a family outing regardless of its shortcomings.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
June 4, 2004
With the spectacular opening of Forces of Nature, narrated by Kevin Bacon, IMAX outdoes Hollywood's fanciest effects wizards.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
January 27, 2005
Great images, to be sure, but there are just not enough of them, and too many static shots of researchers confabbing over instrument panels.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 17, 2004
A tad dated when it was finished earlier this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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