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8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 109 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 94 out of 109
  2. Negative: 8 out of 109

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  1. Mar 1, 2011
    10
    This really is a great movie for the family. I was really surprised as to how good this movie was. It was a tad preachy but it really was necessary for the story line so it did not get in the way. How the humans were filmed, without animation, was brilliant. It was short and captivating.
  2. Jul 16, 2011
    9
    What a wonderful film! It's hard to believe that they were able to get such good footage of all of the activity - and the story of the hardships these birds go through each year to reproduce is utterly riveting.
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79

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Luc Jacquet's exquisitely shot eye-of-God study of a year in the lives of these distinctive birds is a nature film built with a feel for the epic and a love of operatic narrative.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Jacquet's movie is as visually ravishing as "Winged Migration," and more gripping.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    70
    Sometimes harrowing, sometimes hokey, sometimes heartwarming nature documentary.