• Network: BBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 26, 2011
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
90

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 16, 2012
    100
    It's mesmerizing. [26 Mar 2012, p.44]
  2. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 16, 2012
    100
    This is high-definition bliss.
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 16, 2012
    100
    Frozen Planet [is] perhaps the single greatest accomplishment in nature TV history.
  4. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 16, 2012
    100
    A gorgeous new documentary series on the Discovery Channel.
  5. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 16, 2012
    100
    It joins "Planet Earth" and "Life" to reign as a triumvirate in Best Buy showrooms. Nothing looks better, sounds better.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 15, 2012
    100
    Stunning, beautiful, hypnotic, engrossing, spectacular... That oughta do it here as well, except Frozen Planet unexpectedly adds another word: Unprecedented.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 13, 2012
    100
    Frozen Planet is one of those instantly riveting series where you marvel at the beauty and majesty of it all but also spare more than a passing thought for the effort involved.
  8. Reviewed by: Clark Collis
    Mar 13, 2012
    91
    The stunningly shot result will make you wonder at the cruel beauty of nature. [16 Mar 2012, p.67]
  9. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Mar 16, 2012
    90
    It's all breathtaking in much the way that you'd suspect.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 16, 2012
    90
    Granted, parts of the series feel like a rehash of "March of the Penguins," but there's enough jaw-dropping footage in this seven-part undertaking--including one installment devoted strictly to how the footage was captured--that nobody with even vague interest in the subject matter should be left feeling cold.
  11. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 16, 2012
    90
    An endlessly fascinating seven-part foray into the most remote and unforgiving regions of the Arctic and Antarctic.
  12. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 19, 2012
    80
    It's not that we haven't seen the polar regions before. But this special, narrated by Alec Baldwin, puts it all together in a way that makes it feel consistently more intriguing than the nature films you remember from school.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 19, 2012
    80
    The artfully composed images are both crystal clear and cinematically creamy.
  14. Reviewed by: Ross Langager
    Mar 19, 2012
    70
    Frozen Planet recycles some material from previous films from under the same umbrella (I'm pretty sure those duck-hunting wolves were in Life) as well as covering territory very well-trodden by other films.
  15. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Mar 16, 2012
    70
    These images will stick with you. But so will an overall sense that Frozen Planet is more--a lot more--of the same: an aestheticized, sentimentalized, anthropomorphic abstraction of the natural world, in which gentle soundtrack music, winsome narration (by Alec Baldwin, replacing Mr. Attenborough for most of the American version) and the judicious use of slow motion combine to put us in a pleasant stupor on the couch.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 35 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Mar 30, 2012
    4
    Not much information in this series. They show animals without telling us what we're looking at and ignore the flora completely. The musical score is annoying -- it's way too loud, too twee in some cases -- it's like it's a silent movie and not a documentary. Just because it's pretty doesn't mean it's good. Full Review »
  2. May 26, 2012
    10
    An amazing TV show. This show is a more extreme versions of Life and Planet Earth. With stunning footage, and animals you will never forget, this is a show you should see immediately. Very few documentaries in history have gone to so many extremes to make such an amazing show. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2012
    9
    Pretty Amazing Show!