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March of the Penguins Reviews

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 5, 2013
Watch them march to the very extremes of extremis, though, and it's easy to feel awe. Life must beget life, whatever the cost.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 5, 2013
Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for us than for them).
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
August 5, 2013
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.

Total Film
August 5, 2013
A touch David-Attenborough-TV-special in places, but beautifully filmed and dripping with drama, joy and heartbreak.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leslie Felperin
Radio Times
August 5, 2013
The avian protagonists' comical ungainliness on land and deadpan manner make for adorable viewing, while the austere, glacial landscape is consistently breathtaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
August 5, 2013
The love story may be tenuous, but the penguins are undeniably sweet and silly, sliding on their bellies, and the impossibly cute chicks offer up plenty of slapstick.
Richard Luck
August 5, 2013
With such incredible subject matter, March Of The Penguins cannot help but hold the attention. It's impossible not to warm to the penguins.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
June 27, 2011
It set the bar high for future documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 19, 2010
plays like a high-end Discovery Channel special, but it's compelling and beautiful just the same, exuding a love for its subject matter that's infectious
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Cole Smithey
June 21, 2009
...a glorious documentary about the remarkable mating cycle of "emperor" penguins.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Did I love it? No. Did I like it? Sure.
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David Ansen
November 1, 2007
This astonishing film, shot in the Antarctic, captures sights never seen before.
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Damon Smith
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature.
Kam Williams
Princeton Town Topics
June 27, 2007
Director Jacquet has cleverly figured out a way to anthropomorphise his wondrous, web-footed subjects, as they deal with hunger, rejection, loss, loneliness, and sensuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nick Funnell
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Morgan Freeman's slick voice-over compounds a slightly plodding structure, but the dedication of the penguins -- and the cameramen -- assure your wonderment.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Director Luc Jacquet captures some remarkable nature shots, getting up close and documenting the entire frigid process, yet the film itself plays like little more than a PBS special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
It's a missed opportunity to make a great documentary, but still decent family entertainment, with awe-inspiring Antarctic scenery and some very cute stars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
March 31, 2006
March of the Penguins is a staggeringly beautiful film about the breeding cycle of the toughest birds on Earth, the emperor penguins of Antarctica.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
March 22, 2006
A miracle of a film, March of the Penguins is one of the year's joys. This extraordinary glimpse into the life of the emperor penguins is far more than a story of survival: it is a unique love story of immense proportions.
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
February 10, 2006
To human observers, the ways in which animal behavior variously resembles or contrasts with human behavior is an inexhaustible source of fascination.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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