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Meryl Streep, Susan Sarandon

An extraordinary journey to the top of the world, the documentary adventure To The Arctic tells the ultimate tale of survival. Narrated by Meryl Streep, the film takes audiences on a never-before-expe... read more read more...rienced journey into the lives of a mother polar bear and her twin seven-month-old cubs as they navigate the changing Arctic wilderness they call home. Captivating, adventurous and intimate footage brings moviegoers up close and personal with this family's struggle to survive in a frigid environment of melting ice, immense glaciers, spectacular waterfalls, and majestic snow-bound peaks. -- (C) Warner Bros

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G, 40 min.

Directed by: Greg MacGillivray

Release Date: April 20, 2012

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DVD Release Date: March 26, 2013

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  • cajiggle
    September 3, 2012
    They advertise it as a journey following a mother polar bear and her two twins, but we hardly see them because the film decides to use various narrators beside Meryl Streep to tell stories about other animals in the cold. This would have been okay if it didn't put so much emphasi... read mores on the polar bears being the main attraction. The other stories, though compelling, really take away from the flow of the 40 minute film.

    Grade: B-
  • May 13, 2012
    It was a really interesting and very cute nature documentary. It had stunning cinematography, great narration, songs, adventure and a great storyline. It's one of the best nature movies ever made. Nature lovers of all ages should enjoy this one.

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Colin Covert
April 20, 2012
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Is there a law that says we can't have some virtuosity with our virtuousness? Full Review

Lisa Kennedy
April 20, 2012
Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post

Yes, it's a classy affair, but the 40-minute doc's at-times-nerve-wracking power comes from the subjects who put a furry face on the ongoing and daunting issue of climate change. Full Review

Jennie Punter
April 20, 2012
Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail

A children's choir sings and a graphic of the movie title explodes into ice shards to heighten the dramatic impact. Corny? You bet... Full Review

Lou Lumenick
April 20, 2012
Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Yes, there's some spectacular footage. But there's also an awful lot of filler for a 40-minute movie... Full Review

David DeWitt
April 19, 2012
David DeWitt, New York Times

Good on you, polar bears, and kudos to the cinematic expertise that captures them, especially underwater. Full Review

Sheri Linden
April 19, 2012
Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter

That suspenseful sequence is balanced by a fair share of aww moments from playful to plaintive, offering lessons in eco-consciousness. Full Review

Justin Chang
April 19, 2012
Justin Chang, Variety

Imax auteur Greg MacGillivray alternates between intimate wildlife saga and majestic views of the North Pole, offering strong visual compensations for its meandering structure, syrupy tone and excessi... Full Review

Scott Bowles
April 19, 2012
Scott Bowles, USA Today

Unless you're rich, it may be the closest thing to being there. Full Review

Moira MacDonald
April 19, 2012
Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times

Its breathtaking photography has a purpose beyond pretty pictures: to remind us that climate change is causing the frigid Arctic to melt, bringing disruption and challenges to the animals who can only... Full Review

Joe Morgenstern
April 19, 2012
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal

"To the Arctic 3-D" is an impassioned plea for action on global warming, and the passion is intensified by the music. Full Review

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