To the Arctic - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

To the Arctic Reviews

Top Critic

New York Times
April 26, 2012
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 20, 2012
Is there a law that says we can't have some virtuosity with our virtuousness?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 20, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
April 20, 2012
A children's choir sings and a graphic of the movie title explodes into ice shards to heighten the dramatic impact. Corny? You bet...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 20, 2012
Yes, there's some spectacular footage. But there's also an awful lot of filler for a 40-minute movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
David DeWitt
New York Times
April 19, 2012
Good on you, polar bears, and kudos to the cinematic expertise that captures them, especially underwater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 19, 2012
That suspenseful sequence is balanced by a fair share of aww moments from playful to plaintive, offering lessons in eco-consciousness.
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Variety
April 19, 2012
Imax auteur Greg MacGillivray alternates between intimate wildlife saga and majestic views of the North Pole, offering strong visual compensations for its meandering structure, syrupy tone and excessive sampling of Paul McCartney's back catalog.
Top Critic
Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 19, 2012
Unless you're rich, it may be the closest thing to being there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
Its breathtaking photography has a purpose beyond pretty pictures: to remind us that climate change is causing the frigid Arctic to melt, bringing disruption and challenges to the animals who can only live in snow and ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2012
"To the Arctic 3-D" is an impassioned plea for action on global warming, and the passion is intensified by the music.
Top Critic
Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 19, 2012
A movie too focused on force-feeding you its agenda is bound to come across as (sorry, but it must be said) overbearing, no matter how beautifully it's packaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2012
MacGillivray, a specialist in gigantic-screen nature movies including The Living Sea, is up to date in his use of 70mm IMAX film, but he's stuck in the past about how to tell a story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Top Critic
Sam Adams
Time Out
April 17, 2012
For all the hardware involved, To the Arctic's ultra-high-def images have an oddly plastic sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 17, 2012
Arguably a good lesson for kids about preserving our environment, To the Arctic is definitely a threat to our equally endangered good taste.