March of the Penguins

2005

March of the Penguins

Critics Consensus

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

95%

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Reviews Counted: 182

81%
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Emperor penguins overcome daunting obstacles in order to return to their breeding grounds for mating season. This tells the story of one year in the life of a flock -- focusing on one couple in particular -- as they trek across the Antarctic on an annual journey that invokes just about every major life experience: from birth to death, from dating to mating, from comedy to tragedy, and from love to fighting for survival.

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

    Aug 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).

    Aug 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.

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

    Nov 1, 2007 | Full Review…

    David Ansen

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

    Aug 16, 2007 | Full Review…

    Damon Smith

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

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nick Funnell

    Time Out
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for March of the Penguins

Visually stunning, inconceivably adorable ... and even educational.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

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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 Cat
Directors Cat

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March of the penguins is about a real life group of penguins as they go on their mission to get back their mating ground. On their annual journey that invokes just about every major life experience that u can have in the life of a penguin. Pros Good story It really shows what it is like to a penguin. Really moving.

erika bruhns
erika bruhns

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A very well crafted documentary, Marc Of The Penguins was always a film that I never watched because I never had the change, but I took a shot, and was surprised. The film is very interesting ans beautifully filmed, narrated as we see these penguins during their mating season. These emperor penguins march 70 miles to a breeding ground to find a mate and conceive a chick. The entire journey is dangerous as we see the dangers of the cold and of the many predators trying to hunt down a few penguins. March Of The penguins is narrated by Morgan Freeman and is directed by Luc Jacques, and we get a glimpse of this astounding journey that penguins have undertaken for centuries. A very well made documentary, but I find it misleading to say that this is the greatest documentary film ever made. I think it's a film worth checking out, yes, but I seen much more intriguing documentaries. A good film, but the critics kinda killed it. Astounding and masterpiece are not words that I would use to describe this documentary. Heartwarming, heartbreaking, interesting, well made and good are the words to use. Not superb, excellent or unforgettable. March Of The Penguins is a good documentary that showcases a very interesting subject, and is a documentary that the whole family could enjoy. But me, I've better documentaries such as Man On Wire, now thats a masterful documentary, this is good, not excellent, just good.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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