The Whale

critic Reviews

, 64% Fresh Tomatometer Score
  • Held together by a killer Brendan Fraser, The Whale sings a song of empathy that will leave most viewers blubbering.
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    Udita JhunjhunwalaLivemint
    Charlie [is] played brilliantly by Brendan Fraser...
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    Jenny NulfAustin Chronicle
    There’s nothing consciously sinister about THE WHALE’s use of Charlie’s eating disorder (the original play was, in fact, written from experience), but Aronofsky’s adaptation is cruel, not just to Charlie’s character, but to all of them.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    It’s such a heavy-handed approach that The Whale’s extremity risks alienating the audience from the intention.
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    David StrattonThe Australian
    The Whale is a moving, enveloping film that, while it very rarely departs from its stage origins, reaches the heights of emotional drama.
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    Sandra HallSydney Morning Herald
    The pace is so repetitive, and Charlie’s small cast of visitors keep bursting through the front door so regularly, that his sitting room comes to resemble a bus depot at peak hour.
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    Deborah RossThe Spectator
    Ultimately, it alludes to things without adding up to much of anything. Still, the performances are all excellent, and Fraser is especially compelling, bringing a sincerity to Charlie, and an openness and gentleness.
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    Sarah VincentSarah G Vincent Views
    “The Whale” works because Fraser, particularly his eyes and voice, and the rest of the cast deliver performances that imbue their two-dimensional characters with enough presence and emotion that they feel three dimensional.
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    Soham GadreVague Visages
    Fraser keeps Charlie’s fully formed humanity at the forefront of The Whale, despite various filmmaking decisions that could flatten his character into a saccharine pity case.
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    Prabhjot BainsTilt Magazine
    It’s Aronofsky’s most blunt and uninspired work yet— an indulgent and strident slice of misery porn that rides a wave of unearned emotion to its underwhelming conclusion.


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    Christian EulinbergInSession Film
    If I were to describe this film in one word, it would be melancholy; it is practically flawless, at least in my opinion, and conveys the notion that people are inherently kind...
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