Planet Earth II: Miniseries (2017)

Planet Earth II

Critics Consensus

Planet Earth II offers a spectacular, moving, unprecedented account of the natural world.



Critic Ratings: 28


Audience Score

User Ratings: 292
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Air date: Feb 18, 2017
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Series exploring how animals meet the challenges of surviving in the most iconic habitats on earth.

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Critic Reviews for Planet Earth II Miniseries

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (15)

The harrowing footage ... leaves you wondering how it could have possibly been filmed without someone getting killed.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Planet Earth II has surpassed the previous series - it was one of the most stunningly vivid and engaging natural history films I've ever seen.

Dec 13, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Impossible sights are enticingly strung together, forming stories like nothing we've ever seen before.

Feb 20, 2017 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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Feb 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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Planet Earth II is not the perfect getaway. But these quibbles are overshadowed by the stunning shots and the access to more wonders of the world.

Feb 10, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

It's tempting to remember Planet Earth II with a sort of golden glow. The Natural History Unit's round-up of life surviving in Earth's extreme environments was full of beautiful sequences, but it's easy to forget how many of them had a nightmarish edge.

Apr 11, 2019 | Full Review…

That is the strength of the best passages of Planet Earth: when the drama of nature speaks for itself. [Full review in Spanish]

Dec 29, 2017 | Full Review…

Absorbing as this is, Planet Earth II chases viewers as assiduously and expertly as it chases the fauna, rewarding you with sharable stories rather than lingering lessons.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

Believe us when we say that it's so beautiful it actually made us weep a little bit - and not just that, but it is genuinely thrilling, eye-opening and better than most of the action movies released this year.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…

As has become the Attenborough trademark, Planet Earth II masterfully establishes emotional narratives around its creatures without ever quite crossing the line into full-on anthropomorphism.

Dec 13, 2017 | Full Review…

As beautiful as Planet Earth II is, it is not an escape - nor should it be.

Aug 28, 2017 | Full Review…

"Cities," which follows groups of animals that have adapted to live in dense metropolises, is as beautifully filmed and edifying as the rest of the Planet Earth episodes, but with a more powerful ending than usual.

Dec 27, 2017 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Planet Earth II: Miniseries

  • Apr 27, 2019
    Would be great if they left out the owlgore scare tactics
  • Dec 26, 2018
    These people probably faked the moon landing
  • Aug 09, 2018
    Convinced me that eating animals is the same as eating plants
  • Jul 23, 2018
    Purely Spectacular. The most amazing documentary I've ever watched
  • Jun 30, 2018
    Spectacular. A true masterpiece.
  • Jan 01, 2018
    It is fantastic to watch and the David Attenborough's Commentary is fantastic to listen to.
  • Aug 06, 2017
    The sequel of the 2006 documentary is a much more advanced and technical spectacle -- with just as amazing views of our beloved world. David Attenborough continues to impress and it feels like every scene is very prudent and meaningful, almost metaphorical in some way. It's a much shorter season though, and it's not as "wow" as the previous installment. But it still manages to show stunning parts of our world -- from a completely new perspective. Personal rating: 80/100 Critical rating: 90/100
  • Jun 06, 2017
    Another quite incredible documentary from the BBC, narrated by the national treasure that is, Sir David Attenborough. Planet Earth II is the sequel to the nature documentary Planet Earth which was made 10 years previous. In 2006, the series was the first to be broadcast in high definition, which this series was the first to be produced in 4K resolution, and using the latest technologies for camerawork such as drones. Regularly attracting over 11-13 million viewers every Sunday evening, Planet Earth II even trounced Simon Cowell’s long running “singing” show X Factor, some weeks even having double the audience! It was with great happiness that more 18-30 year olds watched Planet Earth II than the X Factor. Faith in humanity restored! The episodes concerned themselves with a particular habitat on the Earth and what and how the animals cope with the trials and tribulations that the habitat has in store for them. The episodes include: Islands, Mountains, Jungles, Deserts, Grasslands and Cities. In all of these episodes ran five themes that made the series perfect. Attenborough’s Narration His voice is synonymous with nature documentaries, and in his over 60 years of television work he has become the nation’s grandfather. When he talks it feels like he is only talking to you, and everything he says is important. Nothing else needs to be said. Just amazing. Hans Zimmer Music The perfect composer. His music provides the perfect backdrop for some of the exhilarating action that is captured, especially between predator and prey. His experience with cinematic scores for Gladiator, Inception and Interstellar are world class, and he brings the same intensity to the various scenes in the animal kingdom, with great success. Incredible Camerawork At the end of each episode there is a 10-15 minute segment showing the enormous lengths that the camera crew and every other person involved in the production of the episodes. These people are truly extraordinary. In the opening episode, Islands, the crew were filming on the isolated Zavodovski Island, near Antartica, were the largest colony of penguins anywhere on the Earth live. They not only captured the most incredible and shocking images of penguins living there and the perilous nature of their lives, but the crew were also subject to horrendous conditions which made for a Hollywood-like escape off the island and back onto their boat. The drones, the mobile cameras or even the old fashioned methods were all used to capture moments of beauty. The Animals Of course, the magnificent creatures are the undoubted stars of the series! I will list my favourite three, which is a very hard task! My favourite from the series was the harvest mouse. Unbelievably cute! And the other honourable mentions go to: the Glass Frog, who was such a hero! And of course, everyone’s favourite…the Iguanas! The footage of the iguanas vs the snakes is probably the best and most exciting nature documentary footage ever! The Message Much like DiCaprio’s Before the Flood, Planet Earth has shown how humans have impacted the environments of wildlife across the globe. In his passionate speech in the final episode of the series, David implores us to think about other creatures before we build another city of concrete without a second thought for the other inhabitants of this planet. We are not the sole and most important creatures on this Earth, we need to learn to share, before we see or fail to see the extinction of beautiful animals. For more videos of Planet Earth II, check out the BBC Earth YouTube Channel. The series will be aired on BBC America on January 28, 2017.
  • May 01, 2017
    Awesome. You reach a point in your life when you feel like the world doesn't need another friggin nature documentary. But then you watch something like this and realize, no, we need much more.
  • Apr 17, 2017
    I truly enjoy BBCs many nature documentaries, and found PE2 to be spectacular,save for what appear to be CGI shots,and reuse of footage from PE1 and other BBC docus. I am certain one aerial shot of an elephant trudging through the desert was CGI or a composit shot,as it looked to be "floating" just above the surface. This is probably not visible on normal size screens,but my 123" showed it clearly. And then there is the use of older material. For something that has been labelled a better show than the first PE, i dont think so.. Both the desert and grassland episodes contained whole segments that were either re-edits from PE1 or scene for scene same footage,especially the water hole in kalahari is the exact same footage found in BBC Africa from 2013,and the wolf hunting reindeer in grasslands in PE2 is the from the same footage from PE1. I dont like if nature documentaries are begining to use CGI to alter reality or add/remove stuff to scenes,just because the shoots were difficult. Biggest problem i would gather is actually finding places that look wild these days,with no signs of human encroachment,and here i still think CGI should not be used,as it paints a false image of the state of the planet,which is dire to say the least. Other than that,i was amazed at some of the footage, the harris hawk sequence, the meadow harvest mouse sequence and some of the jungle shoots were absolutly fantastic. All in all another hit from BBC,i just wish they had edited it differently in some sequences,and that it was longer. But i suspect a lot of the footage shot will be coming in future documentaries. Now please give me an updated Blue Planet,i wouldnt mind a segment for segment reshoot in pristine HD. As a scuba diver myself, that show stands as the pinnacle for me. Oh,and the post-production added foley audio is also very good and adds a level of immersion seldom felt in documentaries.

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