The Cove
The Cove (2009)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: April 25, 2009
DVD Release Date: December 8, 2009
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though decidedly one-sided, The Cove is an impeccably crafted, suspenseful expose of the covert slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

Christine Champ

The Cove does what every great documentary with a cause should: It educates, entertains, and inspires audiences to take action.

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Ruth Hessey
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

In effect, by looking at nature The Cove shows us what it means to be human.

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Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

But for all its Sturm und Drang, the film has some of the same problems it criticizes; its villains are estranged from the natural world, and the film estranges us as well.

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Trevor Johnston
Time Out

There's an effective thriller element to this vividly assembled doc.

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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

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.

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Dan Jardine

Too much drama, not enough documentary.

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Jonathan F. Richards

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

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Michael Posner
Globe and Mail

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.

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Nick Rogers

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Both thrilling and devastating, this daring documentary exposes the revolting covert massacre of dolphins in Japan, urging us to act against the horrible things… More
Melvin White
Richard O'Barry: If you aren't an activist, you're an inactivist.† "Shallow Water. Deep Secret." You don't have to be a tree… More
Alex roy
Eye opening documentary about Dolphin abuse in Taijii, Japan. The Cove exposes an important subject, one that needs to be exposed. Hard to watch, but necessary,… More
Dan Schultz
A riveting, powerful documentary that centers in on Japan's greedy, despicable slaughter of dolphins and whales along their coasts. While it is not… More
Raymond Wieser
The Cove is a harrowing and haunting documentary on the dolphin slaughter in Japan. Benefiting from explanations of dolphin psychology and lots of footage of… More
Lewis C.
An interesting documentary about the dolphin entertainment trade, dolphin fishing in Japan, and the overall human impact on our oceans.