The Whale

critic Reviews

, 66% 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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    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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    Danny LeighFinancial Times
    The film needs empathy for Charlie to have a genuine reason for being. But Aronofsky sees his characters the way certain children look at spiders. Which leg first?
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    Donald ClarkeIrish Times
    Deals in the worst, most jaded conventions of bourgeois middlebrow dinner theatre from the 1950s ... Not even someone so warm as Fraser can win us over to the most jaw-droppingly daft final shot in recent cinema.
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    Sophie ButcherEmpire Magazine
    The Whale is best appreciated as a moving, stripped-back character study, with a stunning lead performance.
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    David SextonNew Statesman
    Brendan Fraser, cherished for his earlier roles as an endearing naïve, performs miracles in making Charlie likeable... Enduring such an awful play is a high price to pay to see some acting, though.
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    tt stern-enziWXIX-TV (Cincinnati, OH)
    It's an amazing film.
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    James LuxfordCity AM
    If ever a performance saved a movie, it’s Brendan Fraser in The Whale. The voyeuristic elements of the film are outshone by the humanity that radiates from its star and supporting cast, making for a flawed film that nonetheless pulls at the heartstrings.
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    Jim Schembrijimschembri.com
    The Whale tackles a clutch of tough topics – obesity&#59; isolation&#59; body shaming&#59; betrayal&#59; forgiveness – with sensitivity and a raw honesty that can sometimes be hard to take...a pungent performance-based arthouse film made for adults.
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    Andiee PaviourNobody's Reading This But Me
    Brendan Fraser stretches every limit in director Darren Aronofsky’s painful exploration of physical entrapment.
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    Chris WasserSunday Independent (Ireland)
    A drippy, big-screen soap opera.
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