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The Whale (2011)



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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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All Critics (21) | Top Critics (10)

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.

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

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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A documentary ideal for schoolrooms, family viewing and discussion.

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

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
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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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
New York Daily News
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Audience Reviews for The Whale

It's amazing how much we don't know about this magnificent animal. You fall in love with this whale from the very beginning. The movie does a really good job on keeping focus and using real footage. A touching film that I'll probably watch again. Maybe there's more to the world than just us.

Chris Hall
Chris Hall

Just bawling over this quirky little whale! A must-see for everyone. You'll touch base with your own humanity, guaranteed.

Miz B Wallace
Miz B Wallace

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