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Oceans Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Making the nature scene. Read full review

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  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Bruno Coulais' musical score provides an evocative counterpoint to the often dazzling photography. A scene featuring diving sea birds and whales moving in concert with the rhythm of the waves is stunning.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    What "Winged Migration" did for birds, Oceans does for all sorts of strange sea creatures in an ambitious, impressively filmed documentary.

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  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    There have, over the years, been a lot of terrific undersea documentaries, but if you want to know what distinguishes this new one, it comes down to a single word: technology.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Gorgeous educational docu dives deep for facts; kids OK.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this informative and engrossing documentary takes a close look at the Earth's oceans and the creatures that call it home. Expect scenes depicting these bodies of water in all their glory and reality, and animals finding their place in the food chain (sharks feasting on fish, for instance, accompanied by dramatic music). The movie contains fairly subtle pro-environment messages. Kids younger than about 6 might find the hour-and-40-minute movie too long.

  • Families can talk about the message of the film. What was it? How did the movie get its message across? Did this movie change your opinion about the oceans?
  • Talk about the sea creatures: Did you expect to see so many different kinds? How difficult must it have been to photograph them in their natural state? What goes into making a film like this? Did it make you want to learn more about the animals or the filming?
  • This movie released on Earth Day. What do you think about the idea of Earth Day? Do you celebrate it, or do anything special on that day? What can you do to keep the environment healthy?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true4

    Educational value: The movie teaches children all about the animals that depend on and live underneath the surface of our planet's waters: small (crab) and big (whales); common (jellyfish) and unusual (the Spanish Dancer). It also briefly and subtly discusses the peril that oceans face, largely due to human interference.

  • message true4

    Messages: This nature documentary drives home the fact that the ocean isn't just a resource that humans tap into, but actually a home to creatures great and small and must be treated with respect.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: No obvious role models, but the movie might inspire future environmentalists.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: The ocean's inhabitants are shown feasting on their neighbors in Darwinian fashion, underscored by thumping music and loud waves crashing. No blood, really -- the action's so quick -- but it may be somewhat upsetting for younger audiences. Examples include: prawns breaking crabs in two; sea gulls plucking baby sea turtles off the shoreline; a great white shark opens wide to attack.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue