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  • Summary: The Whale tells the true story of a young, wild killer whale - an orca - nicknamed Luna, who lost contact with his family on the coast of British Columbia and turned up alone in a narrow stretch of sea between mountains, a place called Nootka Sound. (Paladin Pictures)
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  1. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Sep 22, 2011
    80
    The Whale is a thoughtful, philosophical, political and ultimately sad documentary that ponders the impulses behind, and advisability of, intense interaction between human beings and another smart species.
  2. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Sep 24, 2011
    70
    When a baby orca strayed from its family pod near Puget Sound and showed up 200 miles away in Canada in 2001, it became the center of a long-running human drama by turns cute, inspirational, ludicrous and tragic, as documented in The Whale.
  3. Reviewed by: Sheri Linden
    Sep 29, 2011
    70
    Thoughtful and moving, if often heavy-handed, The Whale follows the remarkable story of Luna and will appeal to animal lovers of all ages.
  4. Reviewed by: Glenn Heath Jr.
    Sep 19, 2011
    63
    When considering the best voiceover artists in cinema history, Ryan Reynolds doesn't immediately come to mind as an especially dynamic one.
  5. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 20, 2011
    60
    While The Whale indulges in hippyish sentiments about the connection between man and beast a little too often, the footage of Luna at play is singular and breathtaking.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Miller
    Sep 20, 2011
    60
    If your children love animals, by all means, take them to see The Whale. If you appreciate gorgeous scenery, the movie doubles as a picture postcard for the region. If you simply want to indulge in warm-and-fuzzy scenes of whale petting, this movie is also for you. What it is not, however, is remotely new.
  7. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 23, 2011
    60
    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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