The Cove Synopsis
Former dolphin trainer-turned-activist Richard Barry works to end dolphin slaughter in Japan.
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The Hollywood Reporter

Shot rivetingly by cinematographer Brooke Aitken, who combines digital, night-vision and thermal-imaging formats into a formidable package,...
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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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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...
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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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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...
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Entertainment Weekly

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

By satyac
Do you want to educate your kids about how intelligent and amazing dolphins are, see a fantastic action movie, and learn how you can help stop the biggest dolphin slaughter on the planet (in Taiji,...

THE COVE - POWERFUL!!! Grade: A. (Based on advance press preview)

THE COVE is a riveting illuminating eye-opening documentary regarding the illegal clandestine wholesale slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. The subject matter is woefully disturbing, infused...

MUST see--gripping, powerful--owe it to yourself

By boletus
in my top 3 for year...

The Cove

By Rich S
A well done film documenting the capture of migrating dolphins. A town dedicated to procuring the cute dolphins we like to see perform at the world's "dolphinaria", actually kills and eats 80% of the...

Powerful, moving film

By kzzl7
This film tells the story of a group of activists, including a former dolphin trainer, a pair of free divers, and a filmmaker, working to expose the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. The film...


By AngelsFan
Saw this film at Sundance! Incredible Film, Incredible Story! Must See!...

Must see!

By gin-amp
I've read so many great reviews of this film, and I agree with every one of them! The Cove is going to be a game changer in the way we think about dolphins. And it's message is delivered is a...

Amazing, eye-opening, and everyone needs to see it.

By TheLovelyDreams
This movie has changed my view of life and what I want to do with it. Because of this movie I have realized there is other stuff out there to worry about than things that are so mainstream in the...

The Most compelling Documentary ever

By Scaramoucheii
WOW !! The film is so much better than the trailer suggests. It's not ALL about the demise of those dolphins in Japan, that's only the premis and a few minutes of footage. The story of Ric...

I really wanted to love it

By FudgytheWhale
I went into the cove with high expectations based on all the hype and knowing that they had some of the most horrifying footage ever. Unfortunately, what was a simple story was complicated by too...

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Rated PG-13 | For disturbing content
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 14+ Gruesome, powerful, and inspiring dolphin documentary.
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