Beyond the Pole
Beyond the Pole (2009)

Two men with more ambition than sense set out to cross the arctic in this mock-documentary comedy. Mark Bark-Jones (Stephen Mangan) and Brian Tongue (Rhys Thomas) are a pair of environmental activists who've decided to take their own… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: June 4, 2013
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Critic Score: 62% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

With considerable experience in both comedy and genuine docus, helmer David L. Williams... knows exactly the filmmaking cliches he's spoofing, as well as the deadpan comic timing needed to stretch this over feature length.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Eschewing easy slapstick, director David L Williams finds humour in unexpected places. The Arctic has never been so much fun.

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Simon Kinnear
Total Film

Faintly absurd run-ins with polar bears and a rival expedition go as you'd expect, while the mockery of the men's unwitting hypocrisy plays second fiddle to the endearingly silly buddy act.

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Catherine Shoard

This is gummy (if welcome) eco-film satire, then, but mostly just a vehicle for tent and crampon gags, and for Mangan to perfect his grating-dolt shtick.

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Alistair Harkness

A likeable but giggle-free Brit comedy that brings nothing new to the ubiquitous mockumentary format, it succeeds only in gumming its targets instead of sinking its teeth into them.

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Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)

A quirkily endearing low-budget effort.

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Jay Richardson
Future Movies UK

This engaging comedy is consistently amusing rather than ferociously funny, but it has heart, ensuring an unexpectedly affecting climax.

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Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies

It is by turns a ferocious 'j'accuse' of the limits of liberal intervention and the myth of personal responsibility, underpinned by a surprisingly bitter current of darkness and despair.

Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

It starts tiresomely - it is obvious the pair can't be taken seriously for a moment - but cheers up when the expedition gets dangerous and a couple of gay Norwegians show them a clean pair of heels.

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The Shrewlord
Quite fun but pretty lightweight in most ways, this should, perhaps, have gone straight to television and only the impressive locations ever make it feel any… More