A perfect family movie, a perfect date movie, and one of the most eye-ravishing documentaries ever made.
Documentaries are the surprise hits of the summer, and none is scoring bigger than Luc Jacquet's wondrous look at the emperor penguins of Antarctica.
The movie easily transcends the 'Isn't-that-amazing?' animal genre.
-David EdelsteinFull Review
It's an incredible tale of ritual and perseverance, both for the emperor penguin and the untouched land, sparkling white and aqua, pristine and brutal.
-Allison BenediktFull Review
Yes, this is nature anthropomorphized. But after seeing this touching and beautiful film, you might not be so quick to dismiss that 'They're a lot like us' point of view.
-Roger MooreFull Review
Mr. Jacquet's magnificent exploration of the tortured life-and-love cycle of the noble emperor penguin soars as one of the most passionate and perceptive expressions of interspecies empathy in the history of the cinema.
-Andrew SarrisFull Review
When I go to the movies, I expect to have an experience. This is just a TV show -- admittedly a quality one -- but a TV show nonetheless.
-James BerardinelliFull Review
It's not a stretch to say these penguins experience recognizable emotions such as grief, jealousy, pride and plain old romance. Who knew?
-Rene RodriguezFull Review
A rousing affirmation of nature's brilliance in the face of environmental challenge.
-Bruce WestbrookFull Review
Even if you have somehow managed to resist penguin charm or never given them a second thought, March will leave you amazed at the nobility of the human -- I mean, animal -- spirit.
-Terry LawsonFull Review
An amazingly photographed and inescapably fascinating documentary about the life and struggles of emperor penguins.
A brilliant tour of nature at its most unnervingly beautiful.
-Michael BoothFull Review
The cuteness rating of the subjects of this documentary is off the charts.
-Jeff StricklerFull Review
When they fall over, they do it with a remarkable lack of style. And for all the walking they do, they're ungainly waddlers. Yet they are perfect in their way, with sleek coats, grace in the water and heroic determination.
-Roger EbertFull Review
Everything a nature film should be: breathtaking, heartbreaking, soul-inspiring.
-Kerry LengelFull Review
A gentle film about somewhat alien beings, who entertain us by creating instead of destroying.
-Richard SchickelFull Review
Comes with the shapely narrative of such animated classics as Bambi and The Lion King, and yet the penguins are all quite real.
March of the Penguins is an astonishing and irresistible documentary set in the frozen no-man's-land of Antarctica.
-Eleanor Ringel GillespieFull Review
There's more drama, and more heartbreak, in March of the Penguins than in most movies that are actually scripted to tug at our feelings.
-Stephanie ZacharekFull Review
The cinematography is exquisite, especially the long, lingering looks at Antarctica -- a splendidly desolate stretch of land rarely seen by human eyes.
-Nancy ChurninFull Review
Jacquet has made an absorbing, visually spectacular film.
-Ann HornadayFull Review
Mostly upbeat, visually stunning and in awe of the resiliency and loyalty of its subjects.
-Misha BersonFull Review
It instills a deep reverence for the unforgiving power of nature and the stubborn resilience of life.
-G. Allen JohnsonFull Review
Kids might blanch at some of the more upsetting images, but ultimately the movie will delight and uplift more families than it will scare.
-Wesley MorrisFull Review
A delightful, wholesome experience for the family.
-Desson ThomsonFull Review
This has the look and feel of a top-notch special on cable, but not a feature film. I can't recommend that viewers spend nine or ten bucks on something that will play perfectly well eventually on TV.
-Richard RoeperFull Review
March of the Penguins captivates with its straightforward but powerful story of dogged determination, survival against harsh odds and sacrifice.
-Claudia PuigFull Review
Children will love it, and parents will feel inclined to never again complain about such minor human complaints as 2 a.m. feedings, messy bedrooms or purloined car keys.
-Peter HowellFull Review
Through the narration and editing that emphasizes the human-like behaviour of the penguins, March of the Penguins sets up sentimental expectations that are abruptly undermined by scenes of nature's brutality.
-Liam LaceyFull Review