Blackfish (2013)

Magnolia Pictures invites you and a guest to attend an advance screening of BLACKFISH, an eye-opening documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite. Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 19, 2013
DVD Release Date: November 12, 2013
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Critic Score: 98% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Blackfish is an aggressive, impassioned documentary that will change the way you look at performance killer whales.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

A troubling exposé of Sea World's hazardous entertainment trade.

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

"Blackfish" is a disturbing movie, one that will make you rethink parks like SeaWorld and their value.

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Sarah Marrs

... a startling, disturbing, moving portrait of the male orca known as Tilikum, who currently resides at SeaWorld Orlando.

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Geoff Pevere
Globe and Mail

Blackfish makes an especially strong case for the innate marvel of these animals: that they are smart, social, communicative and loving.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

Blackfish is intended to rattle and provoke in the hopes of bringing about change.

Christopher Hooton
Metro (UK)

Forcing killer whales to wave a fin at audiences from their watery jail cell is an inherent immorality that is brought thrashing to the surface in this documentary.

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David Hinckley
New York Daily News

In the wild, orcas live between 50 and a hundred years. In captivity, it's half that. It's simply a strong argument to free all the Willies.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

"Blackfish" is grim. But then again, so is the plight of these magnificent, intelligent whales.

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Roxana Hadadi
Punch Drunk Critics

You won't forget Cowperthwaite's documentary, and you shouldn't.

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A revolting and well-edited documentary that exposes the infuriating reality behind aquatic shows performed by poor orcas that are kept in captivity and in… More
Mark Hobin
At the very least, this scathing attack on SeaWorld will question your decision to support this amusement park with a visit. Director Gabriela… More
Eugene Bernabe
Blackfish is an eye-opening exploit drenched in heartbreak and controversy as it explores the extent of captivity. A documentary hell-bent on impact and change… More
Manu Gino
Never capture what you can't control. Great Documentary! Between the gripping footage and the distressing stories Blackfish effectively proves its point.… More
Dan Schultz
A heart-wrenching, truly saddening documentary which concerns the corrupt practices of SeaWorld, notably how they put the well-being of their trainers on the… More
Flutie Archibald
I'll never look at SeaWorld the same way.