• G, 1 hr. 21 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Nick Stringer
    In Theaters:
    Jun 24, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 15, 2011
  • Hannover House


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Turtle: The Incredible Journey Reviews

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Will Leitch

Standard-issue TV doc stuff geeked up to feature length and spectacle.

Full Review Source: Deadspin | Original Score: C

June 23, 2013
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

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.

Full Review Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: B

July 20, 2011
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

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.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

July 10, 2011
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2011
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

June 30, 2011
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Educational but slow docu may not keep kids' interest.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

June 29, 2011
Louis Proyect

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.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

June 25, 2011
David Noh
Film Journal International

This loving documentary contains absolutely gorgeous visuals, but too many instances of intrusive melodrama which impede an animal lover's complete immersion and enjoyment.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 24, 2011
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A smartly shot sea documentary delivers its ecological message but does suffer from an overly dramatic narration.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

June 24, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Nick Stringer's documentary about the 25-year migratory cycle of loggerhead turtles has some remarkable underwater footage.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 24, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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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?

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

June 23, 2011
Justin Chang
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Visually resplendent.

Full Review Source: Variety

June 23, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

June 22, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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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...

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 22, 2011
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

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

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1/4

June 22, 2011
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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Turtle still has cinematographer Rory McGuinness's remarkable visuals in its favor, though, and reveals how even innocuous human activites curtail the loggerheads' centuries-in-the-making migration with refreshing subtlty.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 21, 2011
Frank Wilkins
Frank's Reel Reviews
July 11, 2011
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