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  • Summary: This documentary chronicles one year in the life of an emperor penguin flock.
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  1. Positive: 35 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    100
    An astonishing documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    90
    Jacquet's movie is as visually ravishing as "Winged Migration," and more gripping.
  3. 90
    There's more drama, and more heartbreak, in March of the Penguins than in most movies that are actually scripted to tug at our feelings.
  4. This sentimental but riveting film has no qualms about playing on our emotions.
  5. 75
    Michael Moore might want to look into this before more animal docs steal his thunder.
  6. The Central Park Zoo is cheaper, you can walk away from the penguins after 10 minutes, and it has snow monkeys and beer.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 58 out of 67
  2. Negative: 3 out of 67
  1. camdenl
    Dec 11, 2005
    10
    This movie gets a 10 just for the crew who went there to film it in -80 degree weather with 100mph winds.
  2. CallumH.
    Apr 22, 2006
    10
    Simply Amazing, I wasn't so much of a fan of Documentaries before I saw this. It just tells you the life of an Emporer Penguin in such a Simply Amazing, I wasn't so much of a fan of Documentaries before I saw this. It just tells you the life of an Emporer Penguin in such a way, it may make you cry. Expand
  3. 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 wasThis 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. Expand
  4. MichaelG.
    Sep 9, 2005
    9
    Excellent film for all ages. Loved it!
  5. Sep 1, 2012
    8
    This really is an astonishing documentary that captures a breathtaking journey of the lives of a beautiful creature, the emperor penguins.This really is an astonishing documentary that captures a breathtaking journey of the lives of a beautiful creature, the emperor penguins. Such a genuinely told story. Expand
  6. PatC.
    Mar 22, 2006
    8
    A fine film in both its cinematography and its openness to the life experience of a fellow species on our planet. The empathy and admiration A fine film in both its cinematography and its openness to the life experience of a fellow species on our planet. The empathy and admiration evoked for these animals as we are immersed in their life cycle is thorough and memorable, and the implication that they have mastered a system of social responsibility that flourishes in the harshest of conditions is a reminder that progressive human society loses when it pursues freedom to the point of denying a sense of duty. Minus 2 points on technicalities. Sorry, a top movie has a more intricate plot and insightful character development, just not possible in a film by humans about non-humans. But still quite worthwhile, and at least a 10 as a documentary. Expand
  7. Sammy
    Feb 28, 2006
    0
    Possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. It is so boring. I could barely sit through it. This is also the first movie I have ever fallen Possibly the worst movie I have ever seen. It is so boring. I could barely sit through it. This is also the first movie I have ever fallen asleep in. Don't see it. Expand

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