Flight of the Butterflies (2012) - Rotten Tomatoes

Flight of the Butterflies (2012)



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It's a natural history epic. It's a compelling detective story. It's a scientific adventure at its best. It took Dr. Fred Urquhart almost 40 years to discover the monarch butterflies' secret hideaway and prove the most incredible migration on Earth. Following the year-long annual migration cycle of the butterflies, the award-winning production team filmed hundreds of millions of monarchs in their remote overwintering sanctuaries in Mexico in 2011 and again in 2012 and also along their migratory routes from Canada, across the U.S. and into Mexico. The technology of IMAX immerses you in the astounding migration experience as two generations of the butterflies migrate north and then a Super Generation miraculously finds its way from Canada to a few isolated mountaintops in Mexico - to a place it has never been! -- (C) Official Site
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Gordon Pinsent
as Dr. Fred Urquhart
Patricia Phillips
as Norah Urquhart
Shaun Benson
as Ken Brugger
Stephanie Sigman
as Catalina Aguado
Megan Follows
as Narrator

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All Critics (10) | Top Critics (6)

Impressive to view in Imax 3-D, it's a true story that will inspire viewers to plant a milkweed garden.

Full Review… | June 4, 2015
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

You'll leave better informed about monarchs and environmental concerns, but also a little awed by the twists and turns and darn good luck behind a lot of scientific advancements.

Full Review… | October 2, 2014
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a story that begins and ends in Toronto and returns every year - and it's never been so spectacularly and passionately retold until now.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Flight of the Butterflies stands out as one of the best of its genre.

Full Review… | April 12, 2013
Globe and Mail
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A feast for the eyes and clearly a labor of love, "Flight of the Butterflies" is one of the must-see 3-D IMAX movies.

October 21, 2012
Seattle Times
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It's easy to forget "Flight of the Butterflies" is just a movie, as the 3-D documentary about monarch migrations looks and sounds so much like nature.

Full Review… | October 5, 2012
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Flight of the Butterflies

9/2/16 Netflix Simple awesome, gorgeous, fascinating and educational. Wish I had seen it in IMAX. makes me want to do two things, plant milkweed in my backyard and find a place in Texas or Mexico where I can witness this phenomenon in person. What an incredible, moving and beautiful work.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

FOTB used very gimmicky 3D to place the viewer among the butterflies. It is a solid documentary and a really neat viewing experience, so long as one isn't swatting CGI bugs out of one's face.

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson

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