The Cove
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In the 1960s, Richard O'Barry enjoyed a lucrative career as a specialized animal trainer; he captured the five dolphins that were used in the popular television series Flipper, and taught them the tricks and special commands they used on the show. Four decades later, O'Barry has renounced his former life as a trainer and become an animal rights activist, speaking out against the hunting of aquatic mammals and keeping them in captivity. O'Barry is not welcome in Taiji, a town along the Japanese coast where hunting dolphins is a major part of the local economy, but he and a group of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"The Cove does what every great documentary with a cause should: It educates, entertains, and inspires audiences to take action."
‑ Christine Champ,
"In effect, by looking at nature The Cove shows us what it means to be human."
‑ Ruth Hessey, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"Too much drama, not enough documentary."
‑ Dan Jardine, Cinemania
"Then there's the redemptive human drama. O'Barry, acting like a modern-day Ahab after a spiritual awakening, the self-realized incriminations etched into his face, is the driving force of this film."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"Adding to the film's strength is its central figure, who is akin to a modern-day vigilante superhero... All O'Barry is missing is a mask and costume."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"There's an effective thriller element to this vividly assembled doc."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"As the subject of a documentary, this grim enterprise distinctly lacks the warm and fuzzy appeal of The March of the Penguins. So director Louie Psihoyos ingeniously reinvents his film as a spy caper."
‑ Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
"One of the most suspenseful documentaries ever made, "The Cove" marries ecological espionage to a frightening domino effect of imperialism, political corruption and a socio-environmental disregard."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"I don't think I can go to marine parks anymore."
‑ Gina Carbone, Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
"One of the year's best documentary films, a stirring call to action against the slaughter of dolphins in Japan."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The Cove is guerrilla journalism at its best. Structured and paced by director Louie Psihoyos as a thriller/caper movie, it brings audience-grabbing cinematic conventions to work in telling its story of dolphin genocide"
‑ Jonathan F. Richards,
"There are five minutes in this documentary that ought to be mandatory viewing. The entire 90 minutes is utterly compelling, but the five alone are worth the price of admission."
‑ Michael Posner, Globe and Mail
"A-team adventure needs a fifth column"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"No Hollywood film, fiction or non-, can ever prepare you for the reality of what goes on in that cove. Please don't show this film to young children. Devastating and excellent."
‑ Karina Montgomery, Cinerina
"Sounded like something I didn't want to see: a preachy nature documentary. But the actual film is much more daring and memorable."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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