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Arctic Tale Reviews

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 3, 2007
Despite its sad scenes, it sentimentalizes. It attributes human emotions and motivations to its central animals. Its music instructs us how to feel. And the narration and overall approach get in the way of the visual material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 15, 2007
During the end credits, kids pop up onscreen to warn you that every time you turn on your lights, a baby polar bear falls to his death through a crevasse of ice cracked by global warming. Or something to that effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
July 24, 2007
The chances of the movie being taken as seriously as other nature docs is fairly slim, because it tries way too hard to be cutesy and kid-friendly.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
August 20, 2007
A well-intentioned film that isn't a documentary and isn't a very good adventure story.
Brian Orndorf
eFilmCritic.com
July 27, 2007
Surely there are better alternatives for kids who deserve a respectful lesson in arctic wildlife. It may have its heart in the right place, but Arctic Tale doesn't have much of a brain to back it up.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 25, 2007
But the script, narrated by Queen Latifah, is so embarrassingly dorky (it was co-written by Kristin Gore) that it's like Fred Rogers gone hip-hop.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 26, 2007
Despite the film's undeniable technical achievements, it's hard to walk out of the theater without sensing that you've witnessed a bit of a cheat.
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
August 10, 2007
Since I would give the visual portion of "Arctic Tale" the maximum number of stars and the audio portion the minimum, I suppose that I will have to split the difference and give the film as a whole the middle amount.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
August 3, 2007
Despite the storytelling faults, Ravetch and Robertson offer remarkable footage from the evaporating Arctic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
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
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
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 27, 2007
I'm no holdout about the reality of global warming, but fictionalizing and anthropomorphizing animal adventures to make the point and then calling it a documentary puts these filmmakers in a league with pre-Sicko Michael Moore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2007
Makes the mistake of anthropomorphizing its subjects and substitutes pallid whimsy for reportage.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
August 3, 2007
Watching these endangered species evolve new approaches to hunting and shelter is fascinating, but the movie is seriously marred by a cloying screenplay and such kid-pleasing touches as shots of walruses belching and farting.
August 3, 2007
The cinematography is stunning as it captures some amazing nature footage, but it's a film that you can easily watch and enjoy at home on video.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jette Kernion
Cinematical
August 18, 2007
Some kids at the screening I attended were growing restless ... and so was I.
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
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
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
August 6, 2007
When anthropomorphizing animals in an animated movie, it's effective and enjoyable. But when it's used in a documentary, the process is tantamount to cheating. Such is the case of "Arctic Tale".
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 25, 2007
Displaying more corn than is usually found at the North Pole, Arctic Tale documents the travails of a polar bear cub and a walrus pup as they struggle toward adulthood.
| Original Score: 2/5
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