Metascore
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Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    May 17, 2013
    60
    It’s not as epic as "March Of The Penguins," or as stunning as the BBC’s usual slo-mo nature porn – but with nary an animated tap dance in sight, it’s still king of the 3D penguins.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    May 17, 2013
    60
    There are some nice images of the teeming penguin population, and great fun to be had witnessing the love life, and indeed sex life, of penguins. It does have to be said, though, there is a fair bit of Disneyfication going on.
  3. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Nov 29, 2013
    40
    The 3D photography is shallow and muddy, although a David Attenborough voiceover helps sustain interest.
  4. Reviewed by: Derek Adams
    May 17, 2013
    40
    There’s little we haven’t seen before, including farting elephant seals.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Dec 10, 2013
    30
    Where Attenborough's script lent an air of dignity to the shorter film, Allen's reading of Philip LaZebnik's cutesy narration has a canned feel, and is unlikely to connect with viewers too young to appreciate cliched humor about the joys of bachelorhood versus the duties of parenting.
  6. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    Dec 10, 2013
    30
    The inherent cinematic potential of one of nature's cutest animals rescues the film from being a total waste of time.
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Packham
    Dec 19, 2013
    20
    The dull Adventures of the Penguin King is definitely the laziest of the waddle-coms to win theatrical release.

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