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Rated PG-13 for mature thematic elements including disturbing and violent images.

PG-13 In Theaters 07/19/2013 , 80min.
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Critic score based on 33 reviews

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December 28, 2013
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
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
Absolutely amazing film! Such an eye opener about Seaworld.
November 16, 2013
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
Truly amazing and eye opening. Thank you for sharing.

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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. Full Review
Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice
The movie is revealing, wrenching, and important, a reminder that what feels wrong in our gut—the effort to turn free-roaming and unknowable beasts into caged vaudevillians—is always worth investigating. Full Review
Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
Dispiriting as Blackfish is at times, it offers beautiful advocacy for orca freedom. Anecdotes and data indicate these mammals are highly sensitive and social. Treating them as we do for our entertainment and profit is unconscionable. Full Review
David Parkinson
Impassioned and disturbing, this documentary matches "The Cove" for marrying cool intellect with real fire. Full Review
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. Full Review

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