“A Fully Immersive Experience That Proves How Valuable All This New 3D Technology Can Be. It’s Like An Amusement Park Ride That Allows You To Get Incredibly Close To Nature. And It Will Leave You Soaking Wet.”
It's impossible not to be wowed by some of the images in Under the Sea 3D,
the coolest of which are a nice
reminder that, even in the age of CG wizardry, the best special effects still come straight from Mother Nature.
Adam Markovitz - Entertainment Weekly
No computer-designed animatronic invention can begin to match the beauty and grace of the oceanic life photographed in Under the Sea 3D.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
This is a raw, brutal arena of cold-eyed predators chomping the weakest and inexpressibly ugly beings that have evolved so as to be disturbingly well camouflaged, utterly invisible until they make a deadly lunge at some poor vulnerable little fishy.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Here to inspire awe and depression with a vast universe of marine life that, barring possible ecological disaster, will be here eons after we're gone.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
If you're not taking the family on an exotic beach vacation anytime soon, consider this a reasonable alternative.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
Under the Sea 3D is one of the best of the genre. If it doesn't serve oysters, per se, this submarine wonder offers marvels in abundance.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The images are impressive, and include shots of some cuttlefish 'hey-hey' cleverly set to the song Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (the theme song for the Britcom Coupling).
Michael Esposito - Chicago Tribune
The footage is spectacular, the colors electric, the life aquatic trippier than anything you'll see in even the most wildly imaginative animated fare.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
The tone is optimistic that these amazing creatures can be saved, and the message that the ocean ecology is worth preserving is delivered without preaching.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
The plot may not be much -- amazing creatures live in the sea and if we keep polluting the world a bunch of them will die, so let's stop being such jerks -- but the visuals are absolutely fantastic.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Gorgeous, informative and as gripping as a shark's jaws.
Lael Loewenstein - Variety
The 3-D effects are uncanny; much of the audience ducked when sea snakes lunged at it. You can't get that on your TV set. Yet.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
This is the fourth Imax underwater excursion, and the second in 3-D, and it may just be the best yet.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
After 40 minutes behind 3-D glasses watching rare aquatic creatures, why bother with airline tickets and scuba gear?
Jennie Punter - Globe and Mail
Even about halfway in, even having settled into your seat with those plastic glasses nestled on your nose, you'll still find yourself dazzled again and again by the impossibly breathtaking beauty of the IMAX adventure Under the Sea 3D.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
As intimate and enjoyable as anything Imax has done in 3-D.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Times
Hank Sartin - Time Out
Alison Willmore - Time Out
Stunning vision of the beautiful -- and fragile -- ocean.
Renee Schonfeld - Common Sense Media
This film is lovely to look at and would make an ideal vehicle for introducing kids to the world of oceanography and marine biology.
Phil Hall - EDGE Boston
...if you measure it in terms of the sheer beauty of its presentation, its value is probably incalculable.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
While some of the content may go over younger viewers' heads, it introduces them to complex issues while entertaining them with footage of playful sea lions and slithering snakes that appear to swim right toward your face.
Amy Wheeler - FILMINK (Australia)
Under the Sea 3D offers a rare and gorgeous look at marine life from the heart of the Coral Triangle.
Renie Scolaro Mora - PopMatters
Strictly fodder for the preteen set, Under the Sea 3D, the latest IMAX deep-sea-dive exploration (brought to you by the fisheye's point of view), is expectedly rudimentary but a splendor to watch.
Adam Keleman - Slant Magazine
People of any age will be fascinated by the Imax documentary Under the Sea, a riveting look at submarine life around the coast of Australia. I've never experienced such good use of 3D.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Under the Sea 3D is a beautiful reminder that movies can take us to places we've never been before. There are still worlds to conquer out there that don't require the gussying up of CGI effects to hold our attention.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
At times, the writing becomes a bit like a sermon about the woes of the oceans, but, in all honesty, I think we can't hear it enough that our environments are changing ----- and not for the better.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
This incredibly ambitious undertaking could only be accomplished by people with a strong love of what they are doing, and patience to match.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A delightful, breathtaking, lively and gently illuminating documentary that must be experienced on a giant IMAX screen.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Younger children will be engrossed. Older ones may get bored.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Stephen Schaefer - Boston Herald
Entertaining, beautifully shot undersea documentary with stunning 3D effects and a worthy environmental message, this is exactly like deep sea diving only without all that tedious faffing about with wetsuits and diving equipment.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
The visuals are intimate and startling, comparable only to viewing a fantastic aquarium, and the aquarium is sitting in your lap.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Dean Essner - Slant Magazine
Dean Essner - National Post
A visually stunning IMAX adventure that increases our appreciation for the diversity of life.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Oceanic movies in actual science museums are far more interesting and nuanced than this documentary -- not to mention the wildly popular Planet Earth series, which even in 2-D looks better.
Reyhan Harmanci - San Francisco Chronicle
I've seen so many large- format deep-sea documentaries I'm waterlogged, so I was reluctant to go to Under the Sea 3-D. But I'm glad I did.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Runtime is a brisk, never boring 40 minutes and [Howard] Hall and company dish up a visual feast that is as close to being there than, well, being there.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
In addition to the incredible visuals (marred once or twice by a clunky editing decision), the sound picks up the movement of water from a cuttlefish fin and the sound of fish eating off the ocean floor.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
.. a visual pageant of strange undersea creatures hunting and scavenging and floating across the screen.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
This is one of the few 3-D endeavors that really uses the format properly. At times it feels like the fish are swimming right at you!
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
One of the most fun and engaging IMAX movies to date.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Carrey remains an acquired taste but Under The Sea is a fine example of the 3D form and Hall's mastery of it.
Richard Luck - Film4
It's that kind of detail that makes a the film such an immersive experience. An educational one, too.
Derek Adams - Time Out
If you have children who might be diverted by 40 minutes of natural wonders, and you can get to an Imax cinema, then Under the Sea 3D is a treat.
Karl French - Financial Times
Exotic, eye-opening 3D underwater journey to an octopus' garden in the shade.
Bruce Feld - Film Journal International
The extraordinary images compensat[e] for its lack of structure, less than stellar narration and musical missteps.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The IMAX format is ideal for the subject matter and, like its predecessors, this documentary proves to be a hybrid of entertainment and education, revealing rarely-seen natural splendors while sounding alarm bells about the environment.
John P. McCarthy - Boxoffice Magazine
The footage is nothing you couldn't approximate by popping in a Planet Earth DVD and sitting incredibly close to your TV.
Alison Willmore - Time Out New York