Arctic Tale Synopsis
A walrus and a polar bear grow to maturity, as their frozen wilderness now melts beneath them.
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Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
Make no mistake, Arctic Tale is a stunning film, full of all the astonishing, even breathtaking nature photography we've come to expect...
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
For all the impending doom, the film remains suitable for kids of all ages (the filmmakers even end on a happily reassuring note that is at...
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It’s a playful study of Arctic life, starring a polar bear cub, its prey, and a tagalong fox -- with the inevitable dramatic moments when...
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Entertainment Weekly

It's a respectable attempt to get kids who like cuddly animals thinking about death and destruction on a global scale.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Whatever problems some might have with its execution, it's hard to argue against a film whose intent is to kindle youthful compassion for...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Arctic Tale has a very precise audience in mind: Young children who aren't yet ready for the graphs and sociopolitical alarm bells of "An...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Spectacular photography of the frigid domain of polar bears, walruses and seals is the chief attraction of Arctic Tale.
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The flat narration by Queen Latifah doesn't help, but Adam Ravetch and his wife Sarah Robertson's nature film, Arctic Tale, fails to...
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Wall Street Journal

The impact of Arctic Tale is blunted by its length (it feels long at 85 minutes) and by its script.
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San Francisco Chronicle

Makes an unpersuasive case that humans are to blame for the shrinking ice caps.
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A magical journey

By pythonofdoom
I saw this movie for free because Denver Public Libraries were handing out free passes. The movie was better than March of the Penguins & Queen Latifa's narriration made the movie more funny!...

Worth It!

By historyteacher92
I went with my two pre-teen children and they loved the film. The film footage is breath-taking and heart-breaking. The movie has a message, but it is not pushed on you. The viewer comes to the...

Good, but not Bambi

By brianlarkin
The plot, which follows the life of a female polar bear from birth to to her giving birth, is as thin as the ham in an Irish sandwich, and as predictable as hot weather in Phoenix in July. This...

A Kid-Friendly, Fun and Educational Movie.

By margysheffer
My 2 1/2 year old nephew and I enjoyed this movie very much. It was visually stimulating enough to hold his attention the whole time, and the narration was simple and dynamic enough that he even...

Artic Tale

By valsarver
One of the best wildlife movies I've seen (and I've seen a lot). Beautiful photography, heartwarming stories, and a message about how we are all connected to each other. A must see for people of all...

It packs a punch

By anniewerks
We went to see this movie because I needed to fill some summer afternoon time with my six year old son, who has been playing hard and staying up too late. The only thing I'd read about it was that it...

Great wildlife

By om4200
This is a wonderful look at polar bear and walrus life - most likely in the very north of Canada (didn't look like areas east where I have been). Great shots - extremely close up - of walruses and...


By glxy
very family oriented and nice...

Arctic Tale

By anniewally
This was by far the best movie I've seen this year. Very educational & emotional. Showing a polar bears' existence from birth puts a somewhat human meaning to their life. We cried, we laughed and we...

Fascinating, great for kids + adults

By lehrlich
A very compelling documentary and it was well-done, amazing cinematography and a very important story to tell about global climate change and how it affects these amazing animals. Much recommended. I...

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Kid-friendly film serves up inconvenient truth.
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