• Studio: IMAX
  • Release Date: Feb 13, 2009
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. There's plenty for us to feast on in Under the Sea 3D without drawing a single drop of blood. If you have small children, you'd be crazy not to take them to this film.
  2. Reviewed by: Glenn Whipp
    90
    Practice has delivered something close to perfection as this new film offers a startling experience that takes you down into the Great Barrier Reef without the expense, hypothermia or oxygen tanks.
  3. One of the best of the genre. If it doesn't serve oysters, per se, this submarine wonder offers marvels in abundance.
  4. Reviewed by: Krista Soriano
    88
    We actually had the urge to dodge the sea snakes swimming right at us.
  5. A visually enthralling 40-minute tour of the southwestern Pacific depths.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Esposito
    75
    In addition to the romantic music for the cuttlefish courtship, the several musical selections are a step above the usual IMAX fare.
  7. 75
    Jim Carrey mostly plays it straight as the narrator. The 3-D effects are uncanny; much of the audience ducked when sea snakes lunged at it. You can't get that on your TV set. Yet.
  8. The footage is spectacular, the colors electric, the life aquatic trippier than anything you'll see in even the most wildly imaginative animated fare.
  9. 75
    It's all a treat to behold, and, at least where the turtle and the jellyfish are concerned, it's transcendently beautiful, too. I just wish there was more of it.
  10. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    75
    Offers up dazzling ocean creatures in calmly shifting scenes that could double as the world's most expensive screensaver.
  11. As dazzling as they come, a visual pageant of strange undersea creatures hunting and scavenging and floating across the screen.
  12. Like its predecessors, Under the Sea is family-friendly viewing -- the great white shark swims by, as opposed to tearing prey to shreds. Its goal is to show biodiversity and offer information on how reefs grow, reminding us of threats to these environments.
  13. Reviewed by: Reyhan Harmanci
    25
    Seems more appropriate for a science museum than the Metreon, but that's not the film's problem. The problem is that oceanic movies in actual science museums are far more interesting and nuanced than this documentary.

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