March of the Penguins
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Emperor penguins overcome daunting obstacles in order to return to their breeding grounds for mating season. This tells the story of one year in the life of a flock -- focusing on one couple in particular -- as they trek across the Antarctic on an annual journey that invokes just about every major life experience: from birth to death, from dating to mating, from comedy to tragedy, and from love to fighting for survival.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Watch them march to the very extremes of extremis, though, and it's easy to feel awe. Life must beget life, whatever the cost."
‑ Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"This astonishing film, shot in the Antarctic, captures sights never seen before."
‑ David Ansen, Newsweek
"A touch David-Attenborough-TV-special in places, but beautifully filmed and dripping with drama, joy and heartbreak."
‑ , Total Film
"With such incredible subject matter, March Of The Penguins cannot help but hold the attention. It's impossible not to warm to the penguins."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"...a glorious documentary about the remarkable mating cycle of "emperor" penguins."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for us than for them)."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature."
‑ Damon Smith, Time Out New York
"The avian protagonists' comical ungainliness on land and deadpan manner make for adorable viewing, while the austere, glacial landscape is consistently breathtaking."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Radio Times
"It set the bar high for future documentaries."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Did I love it? No. Did I like it? Sure."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"French director Luc Jacquet and a team of incredibly brave (and heavily bundled) documentary filmmakers captured this complicated mating ritual with strikingly crisp photography that's both grand and intimate."
‑ Christy Lemire, Associated Press
"Morgan Freeman's slick voice-over compounds a slightly plodding structure, but the dedication of the penguins -- and the cameramen -- assure your wonderment."
‑ Nick Funnell, Time Out
"The love story may be tenuous, but the penguins are undeniably sweet and silly, sliding on their bellies, and the impossibly cute chicks offer up plenty of slapstick."
‑ Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"plays like a high-end Discovery Channel special, but it's compelling and beautiful just the same, exuding a love for its subject matter that's infectious"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"It's a rather offensively human-centered approach to what should be a mystifying and beautiful experience."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
More reviews for March of the Penguins on Rotten Tomatoes

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