Blackfish Synopsis
The story of Tilikum, a marine-park killer whale, reveals how little man knows about the orca.

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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...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
An extraordinary, must-see examination of what humans do to killer whales so that these amazing creatures can become one more...
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By Justin Chang
Righteous, captivating and entirely successful as single-issue-focused documentaries go, Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s film draws on startling...
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By Eric Kohn
The movie makes a strong case against the captivity of killer whales under sub-circus conditions, but the stance is made even more...
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Village Voice

By Alan Scherstuhl
The movie is revealing, wrenching, and important, a reminder that what feels wrong in our gut—the effort to turn free-roaming and...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By David Rooney
Focusing on the notoriously aggressive orca Tilikum, this gripping film presents a persuasive case against keeping the species – and by...
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Boston Globe

By Janice Page
What’s on camera is both damning and expertly assembled, a filmmaking effort worthy of standing with 2009’s Oscar-winning documentary about...
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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
This is as thorough a take-down of a business and its practices as you’re likely to ever see.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Stamets
Dispiriting as Blackfish is at times, it offers beautiful advocacy for orca freedom. Anecdotes and data indicate these mammals are highly...
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Los Angeles Times

By Gary Goldstein
Blackfish, named after the Native American term for orcas, remains decidedly one-sided. But when that "side" is such a vital, convincing...
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Killer Killer Whales

By pedsarq
I'm so glad this movie made it to the big screen, even if in limited release. It's the story of killer whales in captivity, most notably in Seaworld parks and affiliates. These animals were hunted...

Amazing movie

By jlauracooke
Blackfish was one of the best films i have ever seen. A true eye opener. A movie everyone should see, especially if you have small children. WE as a society need to stop using animals of all kinds...

Maybe SeaWorld can make a difference....

By samzam
This is an excellent movie...while the subject matter is sensitive regarding the recent death of a SeaWorld employee, it stands as a tribute to those who love the animals that have been exploited by...


By luvmovies444
I don't think I've ever left a review for a movie before but this one was so incredible that I felt I had to. You realize what truly intelligent and feeling animals they are and how horrifically...

Is SeaWorld the Monster?

By mcclurejc
For those of us living in Central Florida, the tragic event at SeaWorld on February 24, 2010 came as shocking news. Many of us felt the impact since we have visited and enjoyed the park over the...


By njndancer
This is an important and powerful movie that everyone should see, especially people who are unaware that the cruelty of using animals to entertain humans is without consequences. These beautiful,...

Much Needed Revelation

By equus70
My daughter insisted we see this movie, and having seen the Orca and other whales/dolphins in the wild in the Pacific Norhtwest, I also wanted to see the "truth" that not everyone was aware of. The...


By sunstonebeadworks
The documentary movie, Blackfish, was done exceptionally well--the participants in the film were honest, straight forward but not brutal. I was impressed with how genuine they were. It succeeded for...

Hell no, we won't go...

By csidec Sea World, that is. Unlike zoos, that help continue endangered species and provide safe and sane habitat for captive animals, Sea World appears to be run by clueless corporate greed. I...

For animal lovers & truth seekers

By Mrs_DrMalcolm
I really enjoyed this film -not because it was some sad sap story - but because of the facts they laid out there with commentaries from Orca experts and former SeaWorld trainers. This in no way...

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Rated PG-13 | For Mature Thematic Elements and Disturbing Violent Images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Powerful, heartbreaking, disturbing doc about captive orcas.
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