Blackfish Reviews

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July 16, 2020
After seeing this documentary, it would probably make you think twice about SeaWorld.
June 11, 2020
An illuminating documentary not only about the cruel conditions that killer whales endure at theme parks such as Sea World, but the biology and psychology of the mysterious and majestic sea wolf.
November 21, 2019
Blackfish is a well-edited and intriguing documentary, which delivers its message in a subtle yet memorable way. Shows featuring killer wales will never be seen in the same light again.
August 27, 2019
Nothing says "family fun" like aquatic murder and animal mistreatment, right SeaWorld?
August 6, 2019
Blackfish unfolds as a documentary thriller, the portrait of a predator with a string of gruesome homicides on his record. But Tilikum is not cast as a villain like the shark in Jaws.
February 26, 2019
Cowperthwaite's Blackfish is compulsive and emotive viewing, and far more chilling than your typical horror, that really deserves to be seen.
December 11, 2018
With extensive interviews and an impressive amount of footage, Cowperthwaite stops just short of exploitation.
August 28, 2018
Blackfish is a powerful reminder of how willfully ignorant - and how selfish - humanity can be.
October 21, 2017
... a startling, disturbing, moving portrait of the male orca known as Tilikum, who currently resides at SeaWorld Orlando.
September 5, 2017
Forcing killer whales to wave a fin at audiences from their watery jail cell is an inherent immorality that is brought thrashing to the surface in this documentary.
January 9, 2017
You won't forget Cowperthwaite's documentary, and you shouldn't.
July 5, 2016
The product of Gabriela's research-alongside co-writer Eli B. Despres-is the riveting documentary Blackfish.
March 18, 2016
Must be seen by audiences, and should be mandatory for wildlife lovers and advocates, so we can prevent another corrupt organization like Seaworld from ever rising to prominence again.
March 27, 2015
Really great documentaries are like zeitgeist napalm; and Blackfish carries the torch.
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.
January 21, 2014
Powerful, heartbreaking, disturbing doc about captive orcas.
January 5, 2014
Perhaps the documentary form does have the potential to effect sweeping social change. Only time will tell.
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.
January 1, 2014
Plainly, it's an advocacy film. And it's a brilliant one -- nail-biting, upsetting, maddening and at times even uplifting,
January 1, 2014
Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you'll never mock that sentiment again.
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