March of the Penguins - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

March of the Penguins Reviews

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James Berardinelli
July 18, 2005
When I go to the movies, I expect to have an experience. This is just a TV show -- admittedly a quality one -- but a TV show nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 27, 2005
This has the look and feel of a top-notch special on cable, but not a feature film. I can't recommend that viewers spend nine or ten bucks on something that will play perfectly well eventually on TV.
Rob Gonsalves
September 27, 2007
It's a rather offensively human-centered approach to what should be a mystifying and beautiful experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Though it seems like a somewhat wasted opportunity to shed some light on these creatures, you can't fault Mr. Jacquet for his efforts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 23, 2005
an admirable documentary with many beautiful images, but...the filmmakers' urge to anthropomorphize their subject...makes the penguins' incredible struggle a bit of a drag
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 22, 2005
The Central Park Zoo is cheaper, you can walk away from the penguins after 10 minutes, and it has snow monkeys and beer.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 14, 2005
For the emperor penguin, celibacy is not an option.
Marcy Dermansky
July 10, 2005
Jacquet manipulates emotions with a zeal that seems unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
November 3, 2005
Secondly, it's been horribly sanitised, as if all the good bits have been removed for a pre-watershed TV screening. We do, in fact, get to see penguins doing it, but the narration neglects to mention it, lest children in the audience start asking
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 2, 2005
Critics seem to be reviewing the penguins, proof positive that the film's grammar-school machinations have worked.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Evans
Future Movies UK
December 17, 2005
This is a beautifully shot film that takes you on an emotional roller-coaster of a ride, combining moments of comedy as the chicks attempt to walk for the first time with tragedy as predators swoop for the kill.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Andy Kurtz
August 13, 2005
One of the most entertaining films all summer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 22, 2005
Yes, this is nature anthropomorphized. But after seeing this touching and beautiful film, you might not be so quick to dismiss that 'They're a lot like us' point of view.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 23, 2005
Cute as a puppy in a sundress...
Read More | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2005
When they fall over, they do it with a remarkable lack of style. And for all the walking they do, they're ungainly waddlers. Yet they are perfect in their way, with sleek coats, grace in the water and heroic determination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 23, 2005
Beautifully shot film.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 22, 2005
footage of heart-stopping beauty and a story of poignance, inspiration, and resilience.
Read More | Original Score: B+
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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.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 21, 2005
Morgan Freeman should be movieland's all-time narrator.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 22, 2005
The film is at its best when it simply revels in the astonishing story of a stoic battle for everyday survival.
Read More | Original Score: B
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