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To the Arctic (2012)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 7

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An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure To The Arctic tells the ultimate tale of survival. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-experienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Captivating, adventurous and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family's struggle to survive in a frigid environment

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Documentary

Stephen Judson

Mar 26, 2013

$14.0M

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Is there a law that says we can't have some virtuosity with our virtuousness?

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Yes, it's a classy affair, but the 40-minute doc's at-times-nerve-wracking power comes from the subjects who put a furry face on the ongoing and daunting issue of climate change.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
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A children's choir sings and a graphic of the movie title explodes into ice shards to heighten the dramatic impact. Corny? You bet...

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Yes, there's some spectacular footage. But there's also an awful lot of filler for a 40-minute movie...

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Good on you, polar bears, and kudos to the cinematic expertise that captures them, especially underwater.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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That suspenseful sequence is balanced by a fair share of aww moments from playful to plaintive, offering lessons in eco-consciousness.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Educational documentary explores life in the frozen wild.

May 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Makes a most compelling and persuasive argument for preserving the rapidly diminishing Arctic ice.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

To The Arctic overcomes its otherwise simplistic storytelling arc to succeed as a touching, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring triumph.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Access Hollywood
Access Hollywood

The movie educates without shouting by showing a very large ecological problem through the activities of one small family.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

It's a way of lighting the fuse of consciousness about looming environmental catastrophe, while offering a captivating film at the same time.

April 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Any trip to this area of the globe is worth the journey, but for all of the warning and dire passages of the story, there's no sustained sting of reaction, with much of the worry communicated here equaling white noise.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com
BrianOrndorf.com

A lovely fable about nature and motherhood in the North Pole. The problem is, it may scare the pants off you. The other problem is, it's all true.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The film is beautifully made, and you will not be astonished to learn Meryl Streep's narration is perfect, latching on as it does to the theme of nature's moms trying to keep their kids safe.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Catch it in IMAX and 3D if you can swing it, because the gimmick works its butt off for this film.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

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    1. Meryl Streep, Narrator: Nothing is stronger than the power of hope.
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    1. Meryl Streep, Narrator: Of all the truly wild places left on earth none are as majestic as the Arctic.
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