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The Whale (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 10
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Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale is the true story of a young killer whale, an orca nicknamed Luna, who makes friends with people after he gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As rambunctious and surprising as a visitor from another planet, Luna endears himself to humans with his determination to make contact, which leads to laughter, conflict and unexpected consequences. -- (C) Official Site

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Dec 4, 2012

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There's no denying that filmmakers Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit captured spectacular shots of both wildlife and picturesque scenery of evergreen-lined water under vibrant pink sunsets.

October 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Thoughtful and moving, if often heavy-handed...

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Docu dotes on its adorable, highly photogenic star, but nonstop voiceover commentary and exclamations of wonderment tend to lessen rather than enhance its impact.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
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A documentary ideal for schoolrooms, family viewing and discussion.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Serious-minded, thought-provoking animal documentary will have a lengthy life, mostly in ancillary markets.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Parents should know that the ending makes the last moments of this family-friendly documentary as tough as "Bambi." But the lessons about friendship are gigantic, indeed.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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The Whale defies all the odds to make people reconsider what they thought they knew about orcas, the so-called killer whale.

March 2, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
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The delicate, understated dignity of the story's presentation (particularly the scenes portraying the bond between the aboriginal people and Luna) pays off with resonance, especially in the film's final stages.

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: sbs.com.au
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A congenial, though slow-starting, look at an amazing animal.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

The sort of doc that presents an issue that's never quite fleshed out enough to present real solutions

October 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

Stylistically raw and unpolished but appropriate to [...] details of emotional intimacy and the messiness of life's balance and imbalances.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

Nature lovers and animal activists will find much that speaks to them in this slender, resonant tale.

September 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

Educational, entertaining, and discussion-provoking "The Whale" is a family-friendly documentary that grows on its audience very quickly.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
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Avoids the pat solutions of movies geared to children like "Free Willy" but should be seen by them nonetheless since it is a necessary introduction to the problem posed by human encroachment on marine life that can lead to their extinction.

September 23, 2011 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Touching nature docu gets too emotional for littlest kids.

September 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film potently address the interconnectedness between seemingly divergent species in fascinating ways.

September 19, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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