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2013 2.8/5 PG-13 SuperHD 83 minutes

This fascinating documentary examines the life of performing killer whale Tilikum, who has caused the deaths of several people while in captivity.

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Directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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NYT Critics' Pick: Do Six-Ton Captives Dream of Freedom?

The documentary “Blackfish” considers the story of Tilikum, a bull orca, in a scathing look at SeaWorld. — Jeannette Catsoulis Read the review

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

Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York, 2014-01-01


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

Geoff Pevere, Globe and Mail, 2014-01-01


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.

David Hinckley, New York Daily News, 2013-10-23


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

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, 2013-08-08


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

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald, 2013-08-02


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

Tom Long, Detroit News, 2013-08-02


Informative, earnest, but less than briskly paced.

John Anderson, Newsday, 2013-08-01


"Blackfish" makes a compelling case that the cruelty of life in captivity is the cause for a rash of fatal attacks by orcas on their trainers, aggressive behavior that no so-called killer whale ever has exhibited in the wild.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2013-08-01


Its ultimate message is clear: Killer whales belong with their families in their natural habitat, not performing for audiences. After listening to this film's many impassioned voices, it's hard to argue.

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times, 2013-08-01


It not only delivers astonishing, suspenseful footage that makes it a legitimate thriller, but also serves up thoughtful meditations about using wild animals for our own entertainment.

David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, 2013-07-25


It's hard to imagine anyone coming out of this movie and not swearing off the next vacation trip to Orlando, San Antonio or San Diego.

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 2013-07-25


While Cowperthwaite's film opens with a simple question about the behavior of a single killer whale, it ends up mounting a persuasive ethical argument against keeping orcas in captivity.

Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2013-07-25


"Blackfish" is no trumped up horror story fueled by Hollywood brand names and special effects. In this riveting documentary directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, all of the creatures are real, and all seem entitled to the serious chip on their shoulders.

Janice Page, Boston Globe, 2013-07-25


The film may be depressing. But even with a terrible, watery musical score, it's also good.

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2013-07-25


This is one of those docs during which audiences gasp and cry out - or just cry - at regular intervals.

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture, 2013-07-19


Blackfish, a documentary by Gabriela Cowperthwaite, puts the "killer" back into killer whales by indicting those sea parks that, in her well-chronicled estimation, place profit above safety.

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor, 2013-07-19


Meet a theme-park phenom in the form of the killer whales (orcas in the trade) on view in Gabriela Cowperthwaite's gripping mindbender of a documentary.

Peter Travers, Rolling Stone, 2013-07-19


Blackfish is enough to make anybody think twice about the wisdom of turning whales into performers.

Linda Barnard, Toronto Star, 2013-07-18


[Its] argument never fails to be gripping, its structure perfectly executed to maximize its persuasiveness.

Tomas Hachard, NPR, 2013-07-18


Unfortunately, this feels like a ten-minute news segment blown up to theatrical proportions.

Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, 2013-07-25