• G, 40 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    In Theaters:
    May 31, 2004 Wide
    On DVD:
    Sep 28, 2004
  • National Geographic


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National Geographic: Forces of Nature Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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A tad dated when it was finished earlier this year.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

September 17, 2004
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
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Great images, to be sure, but there are just not enough of them, and too many static shots of researchers confabbing over instrument panels.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

January 27, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

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 Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 17, 2004
Susan Granger

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10

October 11, 2004
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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

February 11, 2005
Justin Chang
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An intermittently spectacular science lesson.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 14, 2004
Jim Carnes
Sacramento Bee

This 50-minute tour of three of nature's great disasters will leave you shaken. Sometimes literally.

Full Review Source: Sacramento Bee | Original Score: 3/4

February 11, 2005
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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While the Hollywood movie cooked up its killer weather on special-effects computers, these are real.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 10, 2004
Angel Cohn
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/5

July 2, 2004
Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
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With the spectacular opening of Forces of Nature, narrated by Kevin Bacon, IMAX outdoes Hollywood's fanciest effects wizards.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

June 4, 2004
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies

Worth a family outing regardless of its shortcomings.

| Original Score: 3/5

June 4, 2004
Jackie Loohauis
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Puts audiences extremely close to a series of deadly disasters of the type most of us just read about.

| Original Score: 3/4

June 17, 2004
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This is one of most beautifully shot documentaries in recent memory.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 3.5/4

July 2, 2004
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Captures the grandeur and terror of our Midwestern cyclonic storms.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star

November 19, 2004
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Often breathtaking, Forces of Nature reminds us of the true meaning of global power.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

February 4, 2005
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer

An entertaining but frustratingly brief look at the way earthquakes, tornadoes and volcanoes affect humanity.

Full Review Source: Charlotte Observer

February 11, 2005
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

An engrossing 40-minute National Geographic documentary.

Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle | Original Score: 8/10

April 15, 2005
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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One of the few movies where the word 'awesome' truly applies.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

April 29, 2005
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