Mixed or average reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Apr 19, 2012
    Visually stunning and narratively stunted, this IMAX documentary is the family version of 2006's "An Inconvenient Truth," Al Gore's Oscar-winning documentary on global warming.
  2. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Apr 20, 2012
    To the Arctic uses spoonfuls of cuteness - featuring walruses and caribou, though polar bears are its primary animal stars - to make its fairly grim environmental message go down a little easier.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Apr 19, 2012
    Meryl Streep narrates a heartwarming documentary for an up close look at Arctic wildlife.
  4. Reviewed by: Janice Page
    Apr 19, 2012
    More storytelling and less preaching would have served those messages better.
  5. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Apr 18, 2012
    Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, a specialist in gigantic-screen nature movies including "The Living Sea," is up to date in his use of 70mm IMAX film, but he's stuck in the past about how to tell a story.
  6. 50
    After seven trips made over four years, the production was about to wrap when the crew, aboard an icebreaker, encountered a polar bear mom and twin cubs that decided to hang around for a week – offering a rare opportunity to film the daily life of these notoriously camera-shy creatures.
  7. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Apr 19, 2012
    The threat of global warming to their habitat is spelled out simply in the narration, delivered by Meryl Streep. Otherwise, To the Arctic is a little dry.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 19, 2012
    To the Arctic 3-D is an impassioned plea for action on global warming, and the passion is intensified by the music.
  9. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Apr 19, 2012
    Alternates between intimate wildlife saga and majestic views of the North Pole, offering strong visual compensations for its meandering structure, syrupy tone and excessive sampling of Paul McCartney's back catalog.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    Apr 17, 2012
    Though the film is light on anthropomorphization, its aesthetic is nothing if not infantile.
  11. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Apr 17, 2012
    Somebody give Werner Herzog an IMAX camera already, and let's see what a real filmmaker does with the format.
  12. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 20, 2012
    Yes, there's some spectacular footage. But there's also an awful lot of filler for a 40-minute movie.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Apr 17, 2012
    Arguably a good lesson for kids about preserving our environment, To the Arctic is definitely a threat to our equally endangered good taste.
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  1. Apr 3, 2013
    Essentially filler aside from one suspenseful sequence. Even with the outstanding footage, it is a chore to watch due to the overbearing narration and meandering story. Full Review »
  2. May 5, 2012
    Amazing panoramic views, thoughtful and family friendly story telling, and great use of musical selections. I don't agree with the comment "a lot of filler" as it is a documentary, thus you should anticipate greater use of imagery and visuals. My kindergardener loved it. Full Review »