To the Arctic
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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-experienced 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)… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 67%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Is there a law that says we can't have some virtuosity with our virtuousness?"
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Yes, there's some spectacular footage. But there's also an awful lot of filler for a 40-minute movie..."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"Educational documentary explores life in the frozen wild."
‑ Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
"The movie educates without shouting by showing a very large ecological problem through the activities of one small family."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"A lovely fable about nature and motherhood in the North Pole. The problem is, it may scare the pants off you. The other problem is, it's all true."
‑ Marsha McCreadie, Film Journal International
"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."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Good on you, polar bears, and kudos to the cinematic expertise that captures them, especially underwater."
‑ David DeWitt, New York Times
"Makes a most compelling and persuasive argument for preserving the rapidly diminishing Arctic ice."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"It's a way of lighting the fuse of consciousness about looming environmental catastrophe, while offering a captivating film at the same time."
‑ Marshall Fine, Hollywood & Fine
"The film is beautifully made, and you will not be astonished to learn Meryl Streep's narration is perfect, latching on as it does to the theme of nature's moms trying to keep their kids safe."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"A children's choir sings and a graphic of the movie title explodes into ice shards to heighten the dramatic impact. Corny? You bet..."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"That suspenseful sequence is balanced by a fair share of aww moments from playful to plaintive, offering lessons in eco-consciousness."
‑ Sheri Linden, Hollywood Reporter
"To The Arctic overcomes its otherwise simplistic storytelling arc to succeed as a touching, thought-provoking and awe-inspiring triumph."
‑ Scott A. Mantz, Access Hollywood
"Any trip to this area of the globe is worth the journey, but for all of the warning and dire passages of the story, there's no sustained sting of reaction, with much of the worry communicated here equaling white noise."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Catch it in IMAX and 3D if you can swing it, because the gimmick works its butt off for this film."
‑ Cassandra Landry, Boston Phoenix
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