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Turtle: The Incredible Journey (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

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Turtle: The Incredible Journey is the story of a little loggerhead turtle, which follows in the path of her ancestors on one of the most extraordinary journeys in the natural world. Born on a beach in Florida, she rides the Gulf Stream all the way to the frozen north and ultimately swims around the entire North Atlantic to Africa and back to the beach where she was born. But the odds are stacked against her; just one in 10,000 thousand turtles survive the journey. Along the way she faces many

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Nov 15, 2011

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A solitary long-distance traveler with prehistoric cachet, the loggerhead turtle makes a compelling subject for a nature film, as the spectacularly shot, aptly named Turtle: The Incredible Journey demonstrates, if at times too feverishly.

June 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A smartly shot sea documentary delivers its ecological message but does suffer from an overly dramatic narration.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Nick Stringer's documentary about the 25-year migratory cycle of loggerhead turtles has some remarkable underwater footage.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Without a disclaimer that explains what's real and not, how can viewers, including those who may already be skeptical about claims of environmental crises, trust that the whole thing hasn't been made up?

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (2)
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Visually resplendent.

June 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's a bit long to be as kid friendly as this educational and visually striking film is meant to be. But it will give you a renewed appreciation for who these creatures are...

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Standard-issue TV doc stuff geeked up to feature length and spectacle.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
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Penguins march but sea turtles mostly float through instinctual rituals of reproduction, a process detailed in Turtle: The Incredible Journey. Nick Stringer's nature documentary moves about as fast as its subject, which is to say not very.

July 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times

The sort of thing that will be more at home on Animal Planet than in a theatrical venue. But of its kind, it's solid classroom fare.

July 10, 2011 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

In this era of Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, the project seems rather redundant.

July 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Educational but slow docu may not keep kids' interest.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Although I have become inured to Hollywood hype over the years, this is truly an incredible journey. The documentary is great for six year olds and sixty-six year old codgers like me who care about the future of the planet and an amazing creature.

June 25, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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This loving documentary contains absolutely gorgeous visuals, but too many instances of intrusive melodrama which impede an animal lover's complete immersion and enjoyment.

June 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An engrossing documentary about the heroic 25-year pilgrimage of a loggerhead turtle.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Anthropomorphizes its shelled protagonist in a manner so melodramatic as to make one cringe.

June 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
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Audience Reviews for Turtle: The Incredible Journey

I want to know how they were able to film all of that!! It was incredible to see this part of nature that you would have no chance of seeing otherwise.
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