Blackfish Reviews

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Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show
March 27, 2015
Really great documentaries are like zeitgeist napalm; and Blackfish carries the torch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dan Schindel
Movie Mezzanine
April 8, 2014
For all it's artistic shortcomings, though, I really hope that this movie is able to instigate some kind of change in the way we treat orcas, or at least how we think about them.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media
January 21, 2014
Powerful, heartbreaking, disturbing doc about captive orcas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 5, 2014
Perhaps the documentary form does have the potential to effect sweeping social change. Only time will tell.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Jeremy Mathews
Paste Magazine
January 1, 2014
Blackfish delivers ominous chills not because it documents orca whale attacks, but because it makes a clear, strong case that the attacks are of humankind's making. It's more Frankenstein than Jaws.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Ruth Brown
Willamette Week
January 1, 2014
Plainly, it's an advocacy film. And it's a brilliant one -- nail-biting, upsetting, maddening and at times even uplifting,
Full Review | Original Score: A
Anthony Quinn
Independent
January 1, 2014
Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you'll never mock that sentiment again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
January 1, 2014
If you're not moved and angered by what you see in Blackfish, your heart is made of harder stuff than mine.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Rob Hunter
Film School Rejects
January 1, 2014
Gabriela Cowperthwaite's new documentary Blackfish is a searing indictment of the entire killer whale-as-entertainment industry.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
January 1, 2014
A troubling exposé of Sea World's hazardous entertainment trade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jenny McCartney
Daily Telegraph
January 1, 2014
Blackfish is a heartbreaking documentary, forensically constructed by Gabriella Cowperthwaite, about the extreme psychological distress of killer whales kept in captivity and used to entertain crowds at venues such as SeaWorld in Orlando.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail
January 1, 2014
Blackfish makes an especially strong case for the innate marvel of these animals: that they are smart, social, communicative and loving.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Clay Cane
BET.com
December 30, 2013
'Blackfish' proves in our pseudo-reality, entertainment-hungry world that the art of documenting is not lost. Docs can still create change - and for SeaWorld, the perception of the theme park is forever changed.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena
December 30, 2013
Expõe nossa cegueira para o fato de que o que julgávamos um show era basicamente uma cruel, imperdoável e longa tortura.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 9, 2013
An absolutely heartbreaking documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 26, 2013
For animal lovers with fond recollections of visiting SeaWorld as a child, director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's Blackfish arrives to gatecrash your memories.
November 21, 2013
Very good, very disturbing documentary by director Gabriela Cowperthwaite about killer whales in captivity and the dangers they present to their trainers...The film contains some pretty vivid footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
November 21, 2013
[This is] heart-in-your-throat stuff. I feel bad calling actual footage of a man almost dying as being 'thrilling,' and yet that's what it is. We need a new word for Blackfish's innately cinematic and all-too-real horror.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
CJ Johnson
ABC Radio (Australia)
November 20, 2013
The telling is calm and composed, avoiding any form of sensationalism or heightened anger. It probably won't win the Oscar for Best Documentary, as The Cove did on ... dolphin slaughter, but Blackfish is solid, revealing and quietly moving.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2013
If you see this, you won't want to ever visit one of these water parks with killer whales again, or work at there either.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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