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.
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100

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
Not only does it deliver a powerful message, but it is wrapped in an immensely entertaining package.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best -- a certain Oscar nominee.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
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85

NPR

By Bob Mondello
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.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The Cove is the rare documentary specifically designed as a thriller.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The Oceanic Preservation Society doesn't change the world so much as call attention to something so very wrong with it. And in doing so, The Cove culminates with an image of political agitation that might be one of the most oddly effective public service announcements you'll see.
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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.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
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.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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.
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84 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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