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Based on 7 Reviews
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  • 63
    John Petrakis Chicago Tribune

    The landscapes and backgrounds of the Min Valley and the Nanking Road, not to mention the cuddly pandas themselves, are the big-ticket items here. show more

  • 38
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Might have worked as a travelogue, minus the story. In its present form, it is hardly worth the $10 you will be asked to fork over at the box office. show more

  • 60
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Since her claim to fame is having brought the first living panda -- a cub named Su Lin -- out of China, Harkness's success is a given, but the footage of pandas in their natural surroundings is enchanting. show more

  • 90
    Gregory Weinkauf New Times (L.A.)

    These pandas, they're truly wondrous on the big screen, as no digital effect could ever recreate. Director Robert M. Young delivers a spry, richly detailed adventure for general audiences, truly a feat deserving acclaim. show more

  • 70
    L.A. Weekly

    The true star of the film -- areas whose mind-boggling size and immense beauty are still too overwhelming to be fully captured by the supersize IMAX screen. show more

  • 60
    Robert Koehler Variety

    This wobbly docu-drama ends up being caught in between the impulse to make theatrical a true story and the usual Imax mission of imparting information about the natural world in an entertaining way for families. show more

  • 10
    Dana Stevens The New York Times

    Just as the vast, square Imax screen magnifies panda-haunches and steep, jungle-clad gorges, its relentless scale also enlarges a half-baked, mediocre little adventure story into something almost grotesquely bad. show more

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