March of the Penguins 2005

March of the Penguins

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Only the most hardened soul won't be moved by this heartwarming doc.

94%

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81%

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User Ratings: 99,890

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At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this documentary by intrepid filmmaker Luc Jacquet. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick.

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Ilann Girard
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Laurent Chalet
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Jérôme Maison
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Critic Reviews for March of the Penguins

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (51) | Fresh (173) | Rotten (11)

  • Watch them march to the very extremes of extremis, though, and it's easy to feel awe. Life must beget life, whatever the cost.

    August 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for us than for them).

    August 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • French director Luc Jacquet and a team of incredibly brave (and heavily bundled) documentary filmmakers captured this complicated mating ritual with strikingly crisp photography that's both grand and intimate.

    August 5, 2013 | Full Review…
  • This astonishing film, shot in the Antarctic, captures sights never seen before.

    November 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

    Newsweek
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  • Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature.

    August 16, 2007 | Full Review…

    Damon Smith

    Time Out
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  • Morgan Freeman's slick voice-over compounds a slightly plodding structure, but the dedication of the penguins -- and the cameramen -- assure your wonderment.

    June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nick Funnell

    Time Out
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Audience Reviews for March of the Penguins

  • Jan 19, 2012
    Compelling narration from Freeman and stunning storytelling. Score also did the work for the film. It's a lovely documentary of the lives of penguins.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 16, 2012
    Gorgeous story of the march of the emperor penguins, truly one of the most unique species in the animal kingdom. The film uncomfortably stradles the border of attributing human qualities to their subjects but the footage is breathtaking.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2011
    March of the Penguins a truly remarkable film. It is enchantingly moving and you must have a stone cold black heart to not enjoy this spectacle. Absolutely incredible, greatly emotional and a sincerely unfortuante true story turned into entertainment by cinematic geniuses.
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 06, 2011
    A documentary that has everything for everyone, it's superbly shot, the way it tells a "story" is very well explored with a sweet and bittersweet tone that makes wonders for this type of documentary.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer

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