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  • Summary: From National Geographic Films, the people who brought you March of the Penguins and Paramount Classics, the studio that brought you An Inconvenient Truth, Arctic Tale is an epic adventure that explores the vast world of the Great North. The film follows the walrus, Seela and the polar bear, Nanu, on their journey from birth to adolescence to maturity and parenthood in the frozen Arctic wilderness. Once a perpetual winter wonderland of snow and ice, the walrus and the polar bear are losing their beautiful icebound world as it melts from underneath them. (Paramount Vantage) Expand
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  1. Positive: 19 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. Positioned to be the environmental documentary of the year.
  2. It plucks ceaselessly at our heartstrings to play a sad song indeed.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Whatever problems some might have with its execution, it's hard to argue against a film whose intent is to kindle youthful compassion for living things and inspire action to protect Earth and its creatures.
  4. As charming as it is instructive.
  5. The flat narration by Queen Latifah doesn't help, but Adam Ravetch and his wife Sarah Robertson's nature film, Arctic Tale, fails to inspire the kind of rapturous response we felt for "March of the Penguins" for other reasons.
  6. The movie’s stunning underwater photography (fearlessly captured by Mr. Ravetch) effectively dilutes the saccharine tone.
  7. Watching these endangered species evolve new approaches to hunting and shelter is fascinating, but the movie is seriously marred by a cloying screenplay and such kid-pleasing touches as shots of walruses belching and farting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. IRP
    Jun 1, 2009
    There's a miracle in this wildlife drama, and it is implied on the whole story of the bear and the seal's fight for survival. Amazing!
  2. A.J.J
    Jul 26, 2007
    Fantastic footage - of course I love Polar bears so I'm biased. But this is the best - wish there were more movies like this!
  3. JoeB
    Aug 10, 2008
    A well done nature documentary; if one can stomach the incessant global warming ideology that the film repeatedly harps on. Cute and realistic animal scenes, and yet the viewer is constantly reminded that in many ways human beings are essentially responsible for the harshness of these creatures' lives, due to our participation in global warming and the "disappearance" of the arctic ice. Good movie, but it could have been so much more if it hadn't been so shamelessly politicized. Be sure to debrief your kids after watching, as the movie tugs on their emotions to brainwash them into its environmental philosophies. Expand
  4. tomJ
    Jan 16, 2008
    Makes an unpersuasive case that humans are to blame for the shrinking ice caps.