With a so-so director at the helm of another "based on a true story" family tales, this film could have easily fallen into PG purgatory. Despite the fact that the film never reconciles one ultra-liberal character's slights against traditional values and hunter/harvester lifestyles, it was still rather enjoyable. Great photography at times, great locations, and some genuine cuteness. Loved the 80s look, too.
Meh. It's leftist propaganda (which I have no problem with- hell, that's probably my favorite thing about the film) but unfortunately that's suffocated beneath all the sentimentality and emotional manipulation.
A truly delightful family film based on a true and heartwarming story, brought with lots of humour based on the very likable characters portrayed by Krasinski and Barrymore both oozing screen charisma.
As a fellow Alaskan I can admire Hollywood's respectful treatment of my state. But like a documentary (with famous people) goes through the motions of what happened. The performances are adequate with Barrymore surprisingly the weakest.
Emotionally manipulative, strangely paced, and a terribly done mesh-up of old news clips with new footages. But gosh darn, was it fun to yell out "WHALES!!!!" like an idiot every time a whale was on screen.