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Under the Sea 3D Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    77

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Offers up dazzling ocean creatures in calmly shifting scenes that could double as the world's most expensive screensaver.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    In addition to the romantic music for the cuttlefish courtship, the several musical selections are a step above the usual IMAX fare.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    One of the best of the genre. If it doesn't serve oysters, per se, this submarine wonder offers marvels in abundance.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Stunning vision of the beautiful -- and fragile -- ocean.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the filmmakers have minimized the predator-prey relationships in this 3D nature documentary: Even though there's vivid evidence of the food chain at work, those few scenes are presented gently, as part of a natural process. Similarly, the mating behavior that's shown is treated with simple respect. It's worth noting that since the experience of watching a 3D movie brings images very close to your eyes, small children may need some introduction to the concept before watching.

  • Families can talk about the variety and beauty of our natural surroundings. What does the movie say about our responsibility to our planet? What can we do, at any age, to respect and protect the other living things with which we share the earth? Kids: What creatures most amazed you? Did it surprise you when one species worked together with another so that both would be better off? How could that have meaning in your own life?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Paints a clear picture of a complex issue for children by offering a gently cautionary look at the effects of climate change and global warming, with references to specific endangered sea creatures.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Although big fish eat little fish and turtles eat jellyfish, the filmmakers don't dwell on the cruel or gory aspects of nature.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Only as it apples to the mating and reproduction of cuttlefish.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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