To the Arctic - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

To the Arctic Reviews

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
May 22, 2012
Educational documentary explores life in the frozen wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 25, 2012
Makes a most compelling and persuasive argument for preserving the rapidly diminishing Arctic ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 20, 2012
Is there a law that says we can't have some virtuosity with our virtuousness?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 20, 2012
Yes, it's a classy affair, but the 40-minute doc's at-times-nerve-wracking power comes from the subjects who put a furry face on the ongoing and daunting issue of climate change.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott A. Mantz
Access Hollywood
April 20, 2012
To The Arctic overcomes its otherwise simplistic storytelling arc to succeed as a touching, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
April 20, 2012
The movie educates without shouting by showing a very large ecological problem through the activities of one small family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
April 20, 2012
A children's choir sings and a graphic of the movie title explodes into ice shards to heighten the dramatic impact. Corny? You bet...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 20, 2012
Yes, there's some spectacular footage. But there's also an awful lot of filler for a 40-minute movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
April 20, 2012
It's a way of lighting the fuse of consciousness about looming environmental catastrophe, while offering a captivating film at the same time.
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David DeWitt
New York Times
April 19, 2012
Good on you, polar bears, and kudos to the cinematic expertise that captures them, especially underwater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 19, 2012
Any trip to this area of the globe is worth the journey, but for all of the warning and dire passages of the story, there's no sustained sting of reaction, with much of the worry communicated here equaling white noise.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
April 19, 2012
That suspenseful sequence is balanced by a fair share of aww moments from playful to plaintive, offering lessons in eco-consciousness.
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Justin Chang
Variety
April 19, 2012
Imax auteur Greg MacGillivray alternates between intimate wildlife saga and majestic views of the North Pole, offering strong visual compensations for its meandering structure, syrupy tone and excessive sampling of Paul McCartney's back catalog.
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
April 19, 2012
Unless you're rich, it may be the closest thing to being there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
Its breathtaking photography has a purpose beyond pretty pictures: to remind us that climate change is causing the frigid Arctic to melt, bringing disruption and challenges to the animals who can only live in snow and ice.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 19, 2012
"To the Arctic 3-D" is an impassioned plea for action on global warming, and the passion is intensified by the music.
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
April 19, 2012
A movie too focused on force-feeding you its agenda is bound to come across as (sorry, but it must be said) overbearing, no matter how beautifully it's packaged.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marsha McCreadie
Film Journal International
April 19, 2012
A lovely fable about nature and motherhood in the North Pole. The problem is, it may scare the pants off you. The other problem is, it's all true.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 19, 2012
The film is beautifully made, and you will not be astonished to learn Meryl Streep's narration is perfect, latching on as it does to the theme of nature's moms trying to keep their kids safe.
| Original Score: 3/4
Cassandra Landry
Boston Phoenix
April 19, 2012
Catch it in IMAX and 3D if you can swing it, because the gimmick works its butt off for this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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