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Based on 33 Reviews
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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Forget "The Conjuring," Blackfish may be the scariest movie around. show more

  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    For the most part, Cowperthwaite keeps the preachiness in check, letting the scientists, former SeaWorld trainers and other witnesses tell it as it is. Indeed, the scary training scenes - uniformly gripping - do most of the talking. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    More persuasively still, Blackfish — an Indian name for orcas — argues against the very concept of quasiamusement parks like SeaWorld that turn giant creatures meant for the wild into hemmed-in, penned-up entertainers. show more

  • 88
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    Very few of us would like to think about the physical and emotional toll that life in captivity takes on these magnificent creatures. Gabriela Cowperthwaite's powerful, heartbreaking, and beautifully crafted documentary, Blackfish, forces us to do just that. show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    An extraordinary, must-see examination of what humans do to killer whales so that these amazing creatures can become one more entertainment. show more

  • 90
    David Rooney The Hollywood Reporter

    Focusing on the notoriously aggressive orca Tilikum, this gripping film presents a persuasive case against keeping the species – and by extension any wild animal – in captivity for the purposes of human entertainment. show more

  • 70
    Jordan Hoffman

    It’s unlikely anyone who sees Blackfish will be trekking to Shamu Stadium this summer. show more

  • 70

    The film, it should be said, does not blame Tilikum for his actions. It posits instead that, like a disenfranchised youth driven to a life of crime, Tilikum is a product of his upbringing. show more

  • 88
    Janice Page Boston Globe

    What’s on camera is both damning and expertly assembled, a filmmaking effort worthy of standing with 2009’s Oscar-winning documentary about dolphin abuse, “The Cove.” show more

  • 88
    Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service

    This is as thorough a take-down of a business and its practices as you’re likely to ever see. show more

  • December 28, 2013 pj00000000175688
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    I feel this film shows both sides of the story in that it details how many professionals were ignorant that they were torturing the whales in captivity. A number of people say as much in the film. Their honesty is inspiring and I am sure it was very difficult for them to admit they were wrong.

  • December 21, 2013 djrggr
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    manipulative and dishonest. Only shows one side of the story. Eludes any objective information in lieu plying on people\'s emotions. Poor \"documentary\&************* it if you like to have your opinions formed by others in a dishonest manner.

  • November 16, 2013 rh00000000170900
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    Absolutely amazing film! Such an eye opener about Seaworld.

  • November 16, 2013 gm00000000170853
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    Can\'t remember the last time a documentary made me tear up. A moving piece of cinema that captivates from beginning to end.

  • August 16, 2013 catb909
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    Truly amazing and eye opening. Thank you for sharing.

  • August 08, 2013 getmetickets
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    So good! I\'m going to going to see it again!!

  • August 04, 2013 calle
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    Great movie! It\'s time to close down the whale and dolphin shows, SeaWorld has rides and many other things going on to entertain people. The whales and dolphins are too intelligent and deserve better than that life. This movie informs without being preachy. Take the family!

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