Blackfish 2013

Blackfish

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Blackfish is an aggressive, impassioned documentary that will change the way you look at performance killer whales.

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The story of Tilikum, a captive killer whale that has taken the lives of several people, underscores problems within the sea-park industry, man's relationship to nature, and how little has been learned about these highly intelligent mammals.

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Tilikum
Himself
Mark Simmons
Himself
Eli B. Despres
Screenwriter
Tim Zimmerman
Screenwriter
Manuel Oteyza
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Judy Bart
Executive Producer
Erica Kahn
Executive Producer
Jonathan Ingalls
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Christopher Towey
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Critic Reviews for Blackfish

All Critics (131) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (129) | Rotten (2)

  • Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you'll never mock that sentiment again.

    January 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A troubling expos of Sea World's hazardous entertainment trade.

    January 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 1, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Blackfish makes an especially strong case for the innate marvel of these animals: that they are smart, social, communicative and loving.

    January 1, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In the wild, orcas live between 50 and a hundred years. In captivity, it's half that. It's simply a strong argument to free all the Willies.

    October 23, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • "Blackfish" is a disturbing movie, one that will make you rethink parks like SeaWorld and their value.

    August 8, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Blackfish

  • Jun 29, 2016
    Blackfish is an eye-opening exploit drenched in heartbreak and controversy as it explores the extent of captivity. A documentary hell-bent on impact and change that is both memorable and provoking. 4.5/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Feb 20, 2016
    This doco shows what majestic intelligent creatures orca are and makes a strong case against holding them in captivity.
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Apr 06, 2014
    From what I hear it is one sided, but it will make you not even want to consider going to a water park with these animals again.
    Vincent T Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2014
    A heart-wrenching, truly saddening documentary which concerns the corrupt practices of SeaWorld, notably how they put the well-being of their trainers on the line in the name of money and profits. This film is geared to get the viewer angry, and it does that by giving many examples of how SeaWorld knew what they were doing was wrong, but still lied about it to cover their own tracks. The death of Dawn Brancheau and how they have the gaul to blame her for her demise instead of the killer whale that viciously murdered her. It is a heavy film, at times threatening to pummel the viewer down into submission, but ultimately is an effective one that will not leave you quickly.
    Dan S Super Reviewer

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