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Based on 26 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The Cove plays like a thriller. It has the breathless pace of a "Bourne" movie, but none of the comfort of fiction. This is documentary filmmaking at its most exciting and purposeful. show more

  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    The caper-movie touches and cocky self-awareness may wear thin, but you can't discount the importance, or the horror, of that footage. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film makes its case graphically, to say the least, yet muddies its bloody waters with an excess of artifice and a dearth of facts. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth." show more

  • 100
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Shot rivetingly by cinematographer Brooke Aitken, who combines digital, night-vision and thermal-imaging formats into a formidable package, the footage is edited tautly by Geoffrey Richman and enhanced measurably by J. Ralph's suspenseful score. show more

  • 85
    Bob Mondello NPR

    Psihoyos describes his troops as a kind of "Ocean's 11" team, and that's apt enough: He's making a real-life action caper, a heist with potential consequences in the real world. The buildup to getting the shots they want has a good deal of natural tension. And the payoff -- well, let's just say it's devastating. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best -- a certain Oscar nominee. show more

  • 100
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Not only does it deliver a powerful message, but it is wrapped in an immensely entertaining package. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Two fins up for The Cove, a documentary that whales on evil Japanese fishermen who kill dolphins for lunch meat. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The most horrific -- and heartbreaking -- scene of any movie thus far this year comes at the climax of The Cove. show more

  • May 14, 2011 nw00000000090536
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    just amazing.

  • October 17, 2010 xxjazminex
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    I cannot believe this could go on in the world. Knowledge is Power! Thanks to Ric and Many like him for allowing us to see this. I can only hope that by making this movie it can lead to changes in the world. God Bless him and all the others involved in making a change.

  • February 02, 2010 Sea Slave
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    There are not many things in life that can provoke emotion and anger as much as this film. Ever person on the planet should see this film and then then take their emotion to do something about the injustice that is occurring to our oceans. This film is real, it is pure, and it deserves the Academy Award. Lets hope that they get it right for once.

  • January 23, 2010 Doctormircoslav
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    Hey there! After seeing what Jamanise do to the Delphine I feeled so sick and helpless. Can t belive whats going on in this sick wold. It s like always, money money money makes people to animals. I give my vote for this documentary 4 stars but for the Team who fights against this 5 Stars. You all sould see this Movie and start doing more to not ignore killing of Dolphins. This F ing Japanise are sick people. After seeing it, u will feel sad and angry like me. Regards Mircoslav

  • August 07, 2009 John
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    This was a very good documentary. We need to do more to protect whales and dolphins. Be sure to visit

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