As a teaching tool, however, To the Arctic simply misses the mark. With the lack of a focused narrative to steer the proverbial ship, the film falls prey to blatant sentimentality that ultimately detracts from the goal of showing audiences why they should care deeply about what’s happening in the world’s oceans and with the creatures who call them home.


  • Drugs/Alcohol: None.
  • Language/Profanity: None.
  • Sex/Nudity: None.
  • Violence: While there isn’t much in the way of actual animal carnage depicted, there are a couple of tense situations as these bears ultimately fight for their survival. We see blood-stained ice in one scene. Another particularly disturbing incident involves how male polar bears are forced to feed when seal hunting becomes increasingly more difficult—they are forced to rely on polar bear cubs for sustenance, and the danger to these adorable creatures is definitely felt here.

Christa Banister is a full-time freelancer writer, specializing in music, movies and books-related reviews and interviews and is the author of two novels, Around the World in 80 Dates and Blessed Are the Meddlers. Based in Dallas, Texas, she also weighs in on various aspects of pop culture on her personal blogFor more information, including her upcoming book signings and sample chapters of her novels, check out her Website.