To the Arctic - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

To the Arctic Reviews

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Sam Adams
Time Out
April 17, 2012
For all the hardware involved, To the Arctic's ultra-high-def images have an oddly plastic sheen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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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Nick Pinkerton
Village Voice
April 17, 2012
Arguably a good lesson for kids about preserving our environment, To the Arctic is definitely a threat to our equally endangered good taste.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 18, 2012
MacGillivray, a specialist in gigantic-screen nature movies including The Living Sea, is up to date in his use of 70mm IMAX film, but he's stuck in the past about how to tell a story.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2012
Though the film is light on anthropomorphization, its aesthetic is nothing if not infantile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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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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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
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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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
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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
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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.
Alison Willmore
Movieline
May 17, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 13, 2012
Nature movies don't get much more daring or exciting
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
May 22, 2012
Educational documentary explores life in the frozen wild.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
April 17, 2012
Emotionally eloquent, awakening awareness for environmental conservation.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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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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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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