The Whale Synopsis
Residents of Vancouver Island's Nootka Sound become a young orca's surrogate family.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The Whale is a thoughtful, philosophical, political and ultimately sad documentary that ponders the impulses behind, and advisability of,...
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70

Los Angeles Times

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Thoughtful and moving, if often heavy-handed, The Whale follows the remarkable story of Luna and will appeal to animal lovers of all ages.
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70

Variety

By Ronnie Scheib
When a baby orca strayed from its family pod near Puget Sound and showed up 200 miles away in Canada in 2001, it became the center of a...
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63

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
What most saw as entirely charming behavior others saw as a nuisance. After all, a playful whale has a way of unwittingly damaging rudders...
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63

Slant Magazine

By Glenn Heath Jr.
When considering the best voiceover artists in cinema history, Ryan Reynolds doesn't immediately come to mind as an especially dynamic one.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Parents should know that the ending makes the last moments of this family-friendly documentary as tough as "Bambi." But the lessons about...
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60

Time Out New York

While The Whale indulges in hippyish sentiments about the connection between man and beast a little too often, the footage of Luna at play...
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60

Village Voice

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If your children love animals, by all means, take them to see The Whale. If you appreciate gorgeous scenery, the movie doubles as a picture...
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By baynewman
Don't miss this intelligent and engaging film. Saw an earlier screening in another city. Taking the tweens to see it this weekend at Cinema Village in NYC. You don't have to be an activist or...

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 8+ Touching nature docu gets too emotional for littlest kids.
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