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Arctic Tale Reviews

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Debbie Day
Premiere Magazine
November 3, 2016
"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."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
November 17, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
June 19, 2009
Arctic Tale isn't a documentary. They say it right there in the title, see? It's a tale. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 28, 2009
The photography of Arctic Tale is what makes it so good. The nature documentary style of this movie is brilliant and breathtaking at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alicia Potter
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
This effort soundly delivers the inconvenient truth to the generation who'll inherit it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 13, 2009
...the movie is mainly for the benefit of children, a good thing because the world will soon enough be in their hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kit Bowen
November 20, 2008
Overall, Arctic Tale's one true message is clear: Stop global warming before it's too late.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
October 18, 2008
It doesn't take a cynic to wonder if editing trickery has been deployed to clarify or simply fabricate these events.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Neil Smith
February 12, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 11, 2008
The filmmakers probably thought the truth would be too upsetting for children, so we get walrus farts instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dan Jolin
Empire Magazine
February 8, 2008
Targeted at pre-schoolers yet with scant educational value, Arctic Tale is best seen by no-one.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Matthew Turner
February 7, 2008
A blatant attempt to cash in on the success of March of the Penguins, this wildlife documentary is stunningly photographed, but the attempts at anthropomorphism are frequently irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
December 19, 2007
Well intentioned, spectacularly filmed, and packing a vital message, Arctic Tale is worthwhile, even if its old style presentation leaves us less than thrilled.
Read More | Original Score: 72/100
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 9, 2007
Capitalizing on the successes of both March of the Penguins and An Inconvenient Truth, the sappy Artic Tale is more akin to a commercial for a McDonald's Happy Meal.
Christopher Null
December 1, 2007
those expecting a March of the Penguins-like good time are going to hit eject on the DVD player feeling awfully depressed
| Original Score: 3/5
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media
October 22, 2007
Kid-friendly film serves up inconvenient truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
October 16, 2007
Putting an animal's face to global warming is conceptually smart and would've been more effective if it were applied to other species in other climate zones too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Tennis
September 13, 2007
As a baby boomer myself, "Arctic Tale" falls just short of the Disney gems. But the aquatic adventures of the walruses alone get my seal of approval.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
September 7, 2007
Although lacking the lyric force of March of the Penguins and Winged Migration, the film combines a great story with world-class photography to tell a unique National Geographic tale.
| Original Score: 7/10
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
August 28, 2007
It makes you extremely grateful that Smell-O-Vision was never perfected.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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