Whale Rider Reviews

July 22, 2008
Newcomer Castle-Hughes' unaffected, confident turn makes it credible our heroine might retain her determination and self-worth despite serial setbacks.
November 1, 2007
The filmmaker knows how to seduce an audience without making it feel had. When a movie's this likable, it would take a very tough crowd not to be pleased.
Top Critic
January 26, 2006
Niki Caro roots her characters in a landscape equal parts mundane and boundless, incorporates tantalising sea photography and Lisa's Gerrard's ambient soundtrack, and lifts off into a sublime, Elysian ending.
July 3, 2003
The most effective and moving female empowerment movie in awhile.
June 27, 2003
[The story] is so simple that the audience gets ahead of it from the beginning.
June 27, 2003
The film is closer to a feminist tract. And, like all propaganda, it wants to do all of your thinking for you.
June 27, 2003
There is magic here, enough to make Whale Rider worthy of the audience-choice awards it has earned at film festivals worldwide.
June 27, 2003
It's enough to make you think people really can talk to whales.
June 27, 2003
A whopping good yarn.
June 27, 2003
A film of elegant simplicity that seamlessly combines reality and mythology. It's also one of the year's most beautiful films.