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Reviews of Galapagos

"This mini-feature adds an incredible dimension in granting viewers the widest panoramic vistas and the in-your-face close-up views of some of nature’s most interesting creatures. [It]...makes me wonder if . . . watching films like this . . . is better than being there."
- Elias Savada, Nitrate Online (11/05/1999)  Read Review >>

Imax's 'Galapagos' Brings New Dimension to Nature
"Nature movies tend to be very similar to one another, but the gorgeous and awesome "Galapagos" quite literally adds an exciting dimension to the experience. Al Giddings and David Clark's film is a real thrill, one that can be enjoyed by the entire family."
- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times (12/11/1999)  Read Review >>

"Intellectually intriguing and visually exciting . . . "
- Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine  

Darwin's archipelago evolves to stunning IMAX film
""Close" is the operative word, for this fascinating travel film-documentary puts the viewer right in the midst of the action. The three-dimensional effect is dazzling, bringing the fish, fowl and reptiles of the isolated land that fascinated and inspired Charles Darwin right up to your eyes. You feel as if you could reach out and touch a spiny creature and marvel that you don't get wet from the splashing waves."
- Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee (10/06/2000)  Read Review >>

IMAX screen shows off beauty of Galapagos
"Galapagos... takes you where the tour operators can't.  It is an interesting look at an extremely diverse and visually stunning environment. "
- Lisa Wilton, Calgary Sun (10/06/2000)  Read Review >>

"'Galapagos' is... a visit to a place most of us will never visit, and it shows us things none of us could see unless we were willing to take big risks and endure hardship. 'Galapagos' is a visit to another world within our own, far away from human concerns."
- Mike LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle (10/26/2001)  Read Review >>

Stunning beauty of Galapagos on display in Imax
"It’s impossible to pinpoint the most striking visuals in "Galapagos." When your choices include an army of land iguanas basking in the sun on black lava rocks and schools of fish so dense they black out the screen, how could you possibly decide? Even those aggressive moray eels, hissing and snapping at Baldwin like curious vipers, are intriguing, if creepy."
- Melissa Ruggieri, Atlanta Journal Constitution (09/06/2011)  Read Review >>

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A Co-Production of the Smithsonian Institution and Imax Limited. Producers: Al Giddings and David Clark. Directors: Al Giddings and David Clark. Executive Producers: Laurence P. O'Reilly, Andrew Gellis, Peter Guber. Writers: Barry Clark and David Clark. Top-side Directors of Photography: Andrew Kitzanuk, Reed Smoot. Narrator: Kenneth Branagh. Featuring Songs and Music by: Mark Isham. Original Score Composed by: Mark Isham.


BMZ Reviews:

BMZ Review of Galapagos By Herb Lash

Scubavision By Ross Anthony

Outside Reviews:

"IMAX screen shows off beauty of Galapagos" By Lisa Willton, Calgary Sun

"Imax's 'Galapagos' Brings New Dimension to Nature" By Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"Galapagos" By Elias Savada, Nitrate Online

"Evolution is ongoing" By George O. Singleton, Reel Movie

"Galapagos" By Christine James, Boxoffice Magazine

BMZ User Reviews

Rating: Good
Posted by: rxbolt
This movie showed less of Galapagos than others I have seen. It frequently, and clumsily, reminded the viewer that a female scientist ("Dr. Baldwin") was doing all these great things on the island. Gave no credit to her male colleagues, esp. the one who piloted their submersible to the bottom of the ocean. There are better documentaries about Galapagos. Sadly, it seems a now all-too-familiar agenda made this movie less than it could have been. ... Read More >>