Blackfish Reviews

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January 1, 2014
Save the whale? After watching this documentary about the mistreatment of killer whales, you'll never mock that sentiment again.
January 1, 2014
A troubling expos of Sea World's hazardous entertainment trade.
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.
January 1, 2014
Blackfish makes an especially strong case for the innate marvel of these animals: that they are smart, social, communicative and loving.
October 23, 2013
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.
August 8, 2013
"Blackfish" is a disturbing movie, one that will make you rethink parks like SeaWorld and their value.
August 2, 2013
Blackfish is intended to rattle and provoke in the hopes of bringing about change.
August 2, 2013
"Blackfish" is grim. But then again, so is the plight of these magnificent, intelligent whales.
August 1, 2013
Informative, earnest, but less than briskly paced.
August 1, 2013
Its ultimate message is clear: Killer whales belong with their families in their natural habitat, not performing for audiences. After listening to this film's many impassioned voices, it's hard to argue.
July 26, 2013
Cruelty begets cruelty and whales don't belong in the circus.
July 25, 2013
It not only delivers astonishing, suspenseful footage that makes it a legitimate thriller, but also serves up thoughtful meditations about using wild animals for our own entertainment.
July 25, 2013
It's hard to imagine anyone coming out of this movie and not swearing off the next vacation trip to Orlando, San Antonio or San Diego.
July 25, 2013
Unfortunately, this feels like a ten-minute news segment blown up to theatrical proportions.
July 25, 2013
While Cowperthwaite's film opens with a simple question about the behavior of a single killer whale, it ends up mounting a persuasive ethical argument against keeping orcas in captivity.
July 25, 2013
As horribly gripping as a serial-killer thriller, though the real villain is not the ostensible culprit, but its human captors.
July 25, 2013
"Blackfish" is no trumped up horror story fueled by Hollywood brand names and special effects. In this riveting documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, all of the creatures are real, and all seem entitled to the serious chip on their shoulders.
July 25, 2013
An acclaimed and chastening documentary about what happens to human beings - injury, mutilation, death - when they pen orcas in sea parks.
July 25, 2013
Important, informative, imperfect.
July 25, 2013
The film may be depressing. But even with a terrible, watery musical score, it's also good.
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