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Turtle: The Incredible Journey Reviews

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Will Leitch
June 23, 2013
Standard-issue TV doc stuff geeked up to feature length and spectacle.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
July 20, 2011
Penguins march but sea turtles mostly float through instinctual rituals of reproduction, a process detailed in Turtle: The Incredible Journey. Nick Stringer's nature documentary moves about as fast as its subject, which is to say not very.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
July 10, 2011
The sort of thing that will be more at home on Animal Planet than in a theatrical venue. But of its kind, it's solid classroom fare.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
July 8, 2011
In this era of Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel, the project seems rather redundant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2011
A solitary long-distance traveler with prehistoric cachet, the loggerhead turtle makes a compelling subject for a nature film, as the spectacularly shot, aptly named Turtle: The Incredible Journey demonstrates, if at times too feverishly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
June 29, 2011
Educational but slow docu may not keep kids' interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Louis Proyect
June 25, 2011
Although I have become inured to Hollywood hype over the years, this is truly an incredible journey. The documentary is great for six year olds and sixty-six year old codgers like me who care about the future of the planet and an amazing creature.
David Noh
Film Journal International
June 24, 2011
This loving documentary contains absolutely gorgeous visuals, but too many instances of intrusive melodrama which impede an animal lover's complete immersion and enjoyment.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 24, 2011
A smartly shot sea documentary delivers its ecological message but does suffer from an overly dramatic narration.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 24, 2011
Nick Stringer's documentary about the 25-year migratory cycle of loggerhead turtles has some remarkable underwater footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 23, 2011
Without a disclaimer that explains what's real and not, how can viewers, including those who may already be skeptical about claims of environmental crises, trust that the whole thing hasn't been made up?
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Justin Chang
June 23, 2011
Visually resplendent.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
June 22, 2011
An engrossing documentary about the heroic 25-year pilgrimage of a loggerhead turtle.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 22, 2011
It's a bit long to be as kid friendly as this educational and visually striking film is meant to be. But it will give you a renewed appreciation for who these creatures are...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 22, 2011
Anthropomorphizes its shelled protagonist in a manner so melodramatic as to make one cringe.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
June 21, 2011
Turtle still has cinematographer Rory McGuinness's remarkable visuals in its favor, though, and reveals how even innocuous human activites curtail the loggerheads' centuries-in-the-making migration with refreshing subtlty.
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