Arctic Tale
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March of the Penguins producers National Geographic Films team with An Inconvenient Truth producers Paramount Vantage to take viewers on an epic journey into the arctic wilderness in a documentary that explores what happens when the beautiful frozen world occupied by two majestic creatures gradually begins to melt away. Seela is a mother walrus thriving in the chilly waters of the Great North, and Nanu is a polar bear with curved claws that make it easy to maintain her footing on ice. As director Sarah Robertson follows these two remarkable creatures from birth through adolescence, maturity,… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This anthropomorphic Disneyfication -- presumably intended to give youngsters something to relate to -- is made worse by the film's elementary dialogue and Queen Latifah's crass 'n' brash delivery."
‑ Stephen Garrett, Time Out
"It's aimed at kids, and it hits them squarely: My 6-year-old and his friend sat stock still, hypnotized."
‑ Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle
"Arctic Tale isn't a documentary. They say it right there in the title, see? It's a tale. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"...the movie is mainly for the benefit of children, a good thing because the world will soon enough be in their hands."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Partnering its ursine heroine's progress with that of a female walrus calf, Adam Ravetch and Sarah Robertson's documentary combines stunning wildlife footage with an environmental message."
‑ Neil Smith, BBC
"A well-intentioned film that isn't a documentary and isn't a very good adventure story."
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"Arctic Tale does afford us some beautiful landscape cinematography and up-close looks at creatures in the wild..."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The photography of Arctic Tale is what makes it so good. The nature documentary style of this movie is brilliant and breathtaking at times."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Overall, Arctic Tale's one true message is clear: Stop global warming before it's too late."
‑ Kit Bowen,
"The filmmakers probably thought the truth would be too upsetting for children, so we get walrus farts instead."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"Make no mistake, Arctic Tale is a stunning film, full of all the astonishing, even breathtaking nature photography we've come to expect from the folks at National Geographic."
‑ Peter Debruge, Miami Herald
"There's no Jane Goodall required. And the absence of humans proves we needn't be onscreen to make our presence known."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"This effort soundly delivers the inconvenient truth to the generation who'll inherit it."
‑ Alicia Potter, Boston Phoenix
"It doesn't take a cynic to wonder if editing trickery has been deployed to clarify or simply fabricate these events."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian [UK]
"Targeted at pre-schoolers yet with scant educational value, Arctic Tale is best seen by no-one."
‑ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
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