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Universal acclaim- based on 58 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 54 out of 58
  2. Negative: 2 out of 58

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  1. Jan 19, 2014
    What I liked: -Has an emotional appeal to it that I heard but didn't really expect -Made me want to make a change about the whales' situation What I disliked: -There's one plot points the makers seemed to miss: Tilikum was cruelly mistreated when young. If they really are so much like humans, could this not make a difference in his behavior? -Just slams Sea World, makes it harder to relate

    -Will still go to Sea World, out of all the parks, it seems to be the best institution so far
    -Support change nonetheless. I liked the one trainer's idea to give Tilikum an open range with other, older whales. They could still interact humans (like if they cannot find food).
  2. Jan 4, 2014
    An effective piece of filmmaking. I now want to do something to help these beautiful giants. There's so much disturbing evidence displayed here to show the cruelty inflicted on these creatures, as well as a real understanding of the orca's emotional intellect and sense of family, that you can't walk away from this and not be affected. Which is what all good documentaries are supposed to do. Well done. Expand
  3. Jan 2, 2014
    People need to understand that these animals have a natural instict and they are very powerful as well. They are the rival of the great white for god sake. Evidence 10/10 People/witnesses 9/10 Proof 10/10 back-story 9/10 footage 10/10 overall 9.5/10 Sea World I built off of lies and stupidity for even thinking they could actually try to tame something that is suppose to be roaming the oceans. Expand
  4. Dec 31, 2013
    This is a devastating look at how these Killer Whales are treated. This was a difficult watch with many tears shed for these majestic creatures. I know this has affected Sea World's business and rightfully so. A-
  5. Dec 28, 2013
    Blackfish certainly lays down a compelling argument against keeping Orcas in captivity, and I was pleased with the filmmaker's decision to give some former trainers with opposing opinions a bit of screen time.
  6. Dec 23, 2013
    To be honest, this documentary proved to be much more political than what the brief summaries provided on the streaming website let on (I watched this on Netflix), so a word of caution to those who thought it was simply another nature documentary. It's pretty narrow in terms of opinions provided on the subject, providing very little counterargument, but is informative and no less eyeopening to what goes on in the blackfish-based theme parks. You don't need to be a die hard animal rights activist to sympathize with the cases presented in the film. I work at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and it's sad to say the killer whales aren't just an isolated case; we can apply the same troubles to just about any other facility that handles wild animals and other exotic species that were never meant to be put behind plexiglass and bars. While the argument it tries to make has its merits, it comes off a tad idealistic with unrealistic solutions to a greed-riddled world. Expand
  7. Dec 13, 2013
    This film was a huge disappointment. It lacked a clear focus and was not at all what it claimed to be. This seems more like a sideways attempt to sling mud at SeaWorld in a circumferential manner, though it seems this claim may have some merit (there seems to have been some deliberate or negligent mismanagement). This film is nothing like the great Planet Earth series.

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    recommend you watch this film. Expand
  8. Nov 3, 2013
    Explores the specifics surrounding the OSHA/Seaworld trial thoroughly and brings to light issues I didn't even know existed. Interesting and enraging story that really changed my viewpoint on parks like Seaworld.
  9. Oct 23, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Excellent documentary that will make you so angry you might go out and steal a whale Free Willy style. It is shocking the extent to which Sea-world have gone to lie and cover things up, some may say it is unbalanced as no official representative from Sea-world responds to criticism but the filmmakers have approached them again and again with no response. Hopefully this film will deal a blow to their profits which is the only way to truly get back at them. Expand
  10. Jul 28, 2013
    Another case of people interfering with and destroying nature in the name of greed. People never cease to disgust me. With our apparent intelligence what other reason would there be to imprison such beautiful, intelligent and wild creatures unwittingly submitting them to both physical and mental abuse. The end result, of course, ends in disaster for the humans. This doc is compelling and at times grippingly told and whilst heartfelt there is a certain naivete to the good intentions of the staff of these amusement parks who are as culpable for the whales suffering and the ensuing tragedies as indeed are the captors and, ultimately, the audiences of these questionable attractions. Expand
  11. Jul 20, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. excellent documentary exposing the harsh brutality of SeaWorld who ruthlessly abuses Orcas and hides what they are doing to the public. Reveals how SeaWorld negligently exposes naive trainers to fatally dangerous situations in which several young trainers have lost their lives. Expand

Universal acclaim - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
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  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Aug 15, 2013
    Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite creates a fascinating character study of Tilikum, part of a revered species without a single confirmed kill of a human in the wild. Captivity is where Blackfish's evidence continually points the blame for Tilikum's deadly behavior.
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Aug 8, 2013
    Blackfish is a disturbing movie, one that will make you rethink parks like SeaWorld and their value.
  3. Reviewed by: Jenny McCartney
    Aug 3, 2013
    As an indictment of the industry, this is strong stuff.