A Whale of a Tale Reviews

October 15, 2020
Both sides get ample time to state their case here, resulting in a reconsideration of a controversial issue that, like most such, turns out to be less morally black-and-white the closer you look...
October 27, 2019
"A Whale of a Tale" is a great spectacle that presents the other side of a matter that was too one-sided until now, and that is where its biggest value lies.
March 25, 2019
Though a bit talky at times, A Whale of a Tale proves a compelling and ultimately humane portrait of a people who, ironically, had previously been portrayed as inhumane.
November 7, 2018
What's likely to frustrate audiences is that [dir. Megumi] Sasaki doesn't take sides, yet that's the very thing that makes A Whale of a Tale so interesting to watch.
October 30, 2018
Eight years later we return to the town of Taiji, Japan courtesy of director Megumi Sasaki's film, A Whale of a Tale.
October 29, 2018
It's an invitation to viewers to invest in a deeper understanding of an inevitably complicated issue and set emotion aside in pursuit of real solutions.
October 18, 2018
Interesting but self-serving look at the town of "The Cove" from another point of view.
September 6, 2018
Always interesting and informative...
August 23, 2018
Its cooler-heads heart is in the right place, but "A Whale of a Tale" is an unfortunately directionless, low-gear rebuttal that hardly ever stirs up emotions as effectively as "The Cove" did.
August 17, 2018
Even-handed and provocative, it boils down to a broader argument about perception versus reality and sensationalism in the social-media age.
August 17, 2018
In Sasaki's unofficial but necessary sequel to The Cove, she aptly considers how both sides of a conflict believe they are doing the right thing.
August 16, 2018
"A Whale of a Tale" is a rambling blend of complaint, tourism and straw-men arguments. What it's not is persuasive.
August 16, 2018
A Japanese documentary that returns to the small town featured in The Cove to record the continuing controversy over the killing of dolphins.
August 15, 2018
Together, these voices paint a complex picture of the clash between globalism and a fast-disappearing localism.
August 15, 2018
A Whale of a Tale delivers a thoughtful riposte to The Cove even while providing plenty of opportunity for those opposed to the practice of killing or capturing whales and dolphins to make their case.
August 14, 2018
An illuminating examination of [a] still-ongoing conflict, albeit one unlikely to sway those who've already chosen a side in this polarizing debate.
August 12, 2018
Animal rights activists will rejoice while traditional Japanese fisherman will be outraged by this effective story of the struggle to ban the exploitation in a small Japanese town of whales. A sequel to the Oscar-winning doc "The Cove."