March of the Penguins
March of the Penguins (2005)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: June 24, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 29, 2005
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Only the most hardened soul won't be moved by this heartwarming doc.

Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

Watch them march to the very extremes of extremis, though, and it's easy to feel awe. Life must beget life, whatever the cost.

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David Ansen

This astonishing film, shot in the Antarctic, captures sights never seen before.

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Total Film

A touch David-Attenborough-TV-special in places, but beautifully filmed and dripping with drama, joy and heartbreak.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Some of the eggs and chicks freeze, and the parents' cries are painful to hear (probably more for us than for them).

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Damon Smith
Time Out

Birth, death, romance, danger: All play a role in Jacquet's homage to a remarkably endearing creature.

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Leslie Felperin
Radio Times

The avian protagonists' comical ungainliness on land and deadpan manner make for adorable viewing, while the austere, glacial landscape is consistently breathtaking.

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Christy Lemire
Associated Press

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.

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Nick Funnell
Time Out

Morgan Freeman's slick voice-over compounds a slightly plodding structure, but the dedication of the penguins -- and the cameramen -- assure your wonderment.

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Clare Pfeiffer Ramsey
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Sam Barnett
Visually stunning, inconceivably adorable ... and even educational.
Alex roy
A very well crafted documentary, Marc Of The Penguins was always a film that I never watched because I never had the change, but I took a shot, and was… More
Directors Cat
March of the Penguins a truly remarkable film. It is enchantingly moving and you must have a stone cold black heart to not enjoy this spectacle. Absolutely… More
Jeremy Smith
A magisterial documentary on the life cycle of penguins.
erika bruhns
March of the penguins is about a real life group of penguins as they go on their mission to get back their mating ground. On their annual journey that invokes… More
Jani H
Winner of the Best feature documentary at the 2006 Academy Awards, "March of the Penguins" is a wonderful story about the life of penguins. The… More