Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26

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  1. This super-duper deluxe nature documentary clearly aims to recruit young viewers as conservationists.
  2. Whereas the TV series rarely flinched when it came to showing the animal world as it is, Earth always pulls back at the last second. It shows a cheetah pulling down a gazelle, but not the feast that follows.
  3. For most of the way this is an eye-popping, not blood-curdling, experience.
  4. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    A ravishing distillation of the BBC/Discovery series "Planet Earth," docu brings to the large screen memorable images that cried out on TV for the full movie-going experience.
  5. It would be Pollyannaish to pretend that the documentary Earth is without its problems, but the bottom line is, difficulties be damned, it shouldn't be missed.
  6. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    The ascribing of emotions to these critters can get a little Lion King-ripe at times. But the filmmakers have filled in around their "family" narratives with footage that is breathtaking enough on a towering screen -- and you should find the biggest one possible -- that it is hard to object too strenuously.
  7. 80
    State-of-the-art camera equipment captures images of startling clarity and proximity. There isn't one frame of CGI.
  8. Earth eloquently shows the struggle, life doing what it must to sustain life. The spectacle is stirring.
  9. 75
    This Earth doesn't really have anything new to say, but it does present some newly entertaining ways of saying it.
  10. A wide-screen wildlife documentary in which the cycles of birth and death, migrations and seasons, are captured in stunning - absolutely stunning - ways.
  11. By hiring James Earl Jones to narrate, Disney has prepared youngsters to understand that man is equally capable of heroism and villainy.
  12. 75
    Filled with unexpected facts.
  13. 75
    Earth, you had me at baby polar bears.
  14. 75
    It requires only four words to describe Earth: glorious photography, annoying narration.
  15. Nothing too graphic, but it creates drama, as it’s only natural to root for the hunted in a film like this.
  16. The overall tone of the film is absolutely appropriate for all ages, and it's never too early to learn the importance of preserving our planet.
  17. Although Earth falls short of its potential, it still contains enough glorious photography to please its target audience.
  18. This is nature defanged and declawed for kiddie consumption, so the emphasis is on awwww-filled moments.
  19. A gorgeously photographed storybook.
  20. This first feature from Disney's new nature division has an encyclopedic reach and spectacular footage shot by more than two dozen crack cinematographers.
  21. This first release from Disney’s self-explanatory new arm, Disneynature, is at the very least peripherally concerned with the planet and its dwindling prospects, but the real renewable resource here is the groundbreaking "Planet Earth" miniseries.
  22. 67
    On the nature-documentary continuum, Earth falls closer to the cuddly anthropomorphism of "March Of The Penguins" than the cold rationality of "Grizzly Man."
  23. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    If you've watched the BBC series "Planet Earth," then Earth will seem like a familiar, if stunning, global rewarming.
  24. 60
    There's nothing in Earth that's as moving as the sight of the mother penguin "grieving" for her chick in "March of the Penguins." You can applaud Earth for not jerking tears. On the other hand, an occasional tear isn't such a bad thing.
  25. As a virtual tour of what Earth Day is about, kids ought to be entranced. If it helps them get greener, even better.
  26. For adults, Earth misses the mark of riveting storytelling. Earth crams in the dramatic adventures of several species (including penguins) - with the result that it comes up short on telling one really good story.

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User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 27 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 4 out of 14
  1. AlD
    Apr 30, 2009
    I saw this on the big screen and was in awe. A nature documentary that is simply the best of its genre.
  2. Feb 6, 2012
    Very wonderful movie that is sure to get children to care about animals and the environment. We need to militantly raise a generation ofVery wonderful movie that is sure to get children to care about animals and the environment. We need to militantly raise a generation of eco-warriors to save our planet and put the lives and welfare of animals before ourselves. Full Review »
  3. JayH
    Aug 28, 2009
    What is it with Disney and animals being killed or dying in films? It's like an obsession - from Bambi to Old Yeller to this. I love What is it with Disney and animals being killed or dying in films? It's like an obsession - from Bambi to Old Yeller to this. I love nature documentaries, but I want to feel enthralled with the beauty, not the heartache of killing and death. I realize it's part of the natural cycle, but I don't have to be hit over the head with it either. Needless to say, I was disappointed. The cinematography is magnificent though. The score is a bit overdone. Cheer up Disney. Full Review »