Arctic Tale

2007

Arctic Tale

Critics Consensus

Arctic Tale features breathtaking nature cinematography, but is undone by its over-cutesy narration.

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61%

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"Arctic Tale" is an epic adventure that explores the vast world of the Great North. The film follows the walrus, Seela, and the polar bear, Nanu, on their journey from birth to adolescence to maturity and parenthood in the frozen Arctic wilderness. Once a perpetual winter wonderland of snow and ice, the walrus' and the polar bear's beautiful icebound world is melting away from underneath them.

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Critic Reviews for Arctic Tale

All Critics (98) | Top Critics (33)

  • "It's a playful study of Arctic life, starring a polar bear cub, its prey, and a tagalong fox -- with the inevitable dramatic moments when bear meets walrus."

    Nov 3, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • This anthropomorphic Disneyfication -- presumably intended to give youngsters something to relate to -- is made worse by the film's elementary dialogue and Queen Latifah's crass 'n' brash delivery.

    Nov 17, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • It doesn't take a cynic to wonder if editing trickery has been deployed to clarify or simply fabricate these events.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Partnering its ursine heroine's progress with that of a female walrus calf, Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson's documentary combines stunning wildlife footage with an environmental message.

    Feb 12, 2008 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Neil Smith

    BBC.com
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  • A well-intentioned film that isn't a documentary and isn't a very good adventure story.

    Aug 20, 2007
  • Make no mistake, Arctic Tale is a stunning film, full of all the astonishing, even breathtaking nature photography we've come to expect from the folks at National Geographic.

    Aug 17, 2007 | Rating: 3/4

Audience Reviews for Arctic Tale

  • Apr 06, 2009
    The footage was amazing and so were the stories of the animals they followed. It's very cute, but also really sad...
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 12, 2008
    what a great movie very inspirational!! great shots and nice heartwhelming!! feeling realistic and thruthfully!! we need to take care of it!!! From National Geographic Films, the producers that brought you "March of the Penguins" and Paramount Vantage, the studio that brought you "An Inconvenient Truth," "Artic Tale" is an epic adventure tha...( read more )t explores the vast world of the Great North. The film follows the walrus, Seela and the polar bear, Nanu, on their journey from birth to adolescence to maturity and parenthood in the frozen Arctic wilderness. Once a perpetual winter wonderland of snow and ice, the walrus and the polar bear are losing their beautiful icebound world as it melts from underneath them. Narrated by Queen Latifah, the film features music from Cat Stevens, Ben Harper, Aimee Mann, and The Shins.
    Sergio E Super Reviewer
  • Jun 25, 2008
    What do we learn watching this movie? Fuzzy baby bears are cuter than baby walruses. Being a wild animal is tough. Its made tougher when the walrus' breeding grounds are melting away.
    Red L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2008
    A beautiful but tragic documentary (15 years in the making) about the struggle of polar bears and sea lions to stay alive with the drastic changes in the arctic environment.Queen Latifah does an excellent job of narrating this heartbreaking doc.
    Audrey L Super Reviewer

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