The Whale
The Whale (2011)

Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, The Whale is the true story of a young killer whale, an orca nicknamed Luna, who makes friends with people after he gets separated from his family on the rugged west coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. As… More

Rated: G
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2012
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

There's no denying that filmmakers Suzanne Chisholm and Michael Parfit captured spectacular shots of both wildlife and picturesque scenery of evergreen-lined water under vibrant pink sunsets.

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Andy Webster
New York Times

A documentary ideal for schoolrooms, family viewing and discussion.

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Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

A moving and beautifully shot nature documentary.

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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times

Thoughtful and moving, if often heavy-handed...

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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter

Serious-minded, thought-provoking animal documentary will have a lengthy life, mostly in ancillary markets.

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Karen Benardello
We Got This Covered

The Whale defies all the odds to make people reconsider what they thought they knew about orcas, the so-called killer whale.

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Ronnie Scheib

Docu dotes on its adorable, highly photogenic star, but nonstop voiceover commentary and exclamations of wonderment tend to lessen rather than enhance its impact.

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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Parents should know that the ending makes the last moments of this family-friendly documentary as tough as "Bambi." But the lessons about friendship are gigantic, indeed.

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Simon Foster

The delicate, understated dignity of the story's presentation (particularly the scenes portraying the bond between the aboriginal people and Luna) pays off with resonance, especially in the film's final stages.

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