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      The Cove

      PG-13 Released Jul 31, 2009 1h 34m Documentary List
      95% Tomatometer 133 Reviews 94% Audience Score 25,000+ Ratings In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the "Flipper" TV series, joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to expose the brutal practice, risking life and limb in the process. Read More Read Less

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      Though decidedly one-sided, The Cove is an impeccably crafted, suspenseful expose of the covert slaughter of dolphins in Japan.

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      Ben Kenigsberg Time Out Rated: 2/5 Nov 18, 2011 Full Review S. James Snyder Time Out Rated: 4/5 Nov 17, 2011 Full Review Christine Champ Film.com The Cove does what every great documentary with a cause should: It educates, entertains, and inspires audiences to take action. Rated: A- May 6, 2011 Full Review Brian Eggert Deep Focus Review Though the thriller aspects work to create an unexpected level of suspense, what is shown in the film delivers the cause’s most powerful blow. Rated: 4/4 Aug 28, 2023 Full Review Tom Meek Cambridge Day Disturbing beyond its graphic nature namely because of the widespread complicity in the town and unwavering cruelty. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 11, 2020 Full Review Felicia Feaster Charleston City Paper In this thriller-doc, the entertainment value of a heist flick combines with the merits of a cause. Jan 24, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Simon R Who knew the reality of the captive dolphin industry? I didn't. This shows you the truth and brutality without shoving the horrors in your face in an uncomfortable way. It was captivating viewing and I a rooting for these people are dedicate so much energy into changing the lives of these incredible animals. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/16/23 Full Review Thomas M The best documentary movie ever made! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 11/26/22 Full Review Audience Member How and why exactly do we select what we want to eat, and is it really worth digesting? That's something to ponder about really considerably after watching this daring/thrilling, thought-provoking documentary that contributes to the stirring discussion originated from "Food, Inc." except this is more of a personal mission at peaked activism when presenting their efforts on screen while exposing the heads. Though some knowledgeable degrees are effectively dated, but the main point remains strong as well saddening that ignorance tend to think wrongly about, above questioned credibility upon both sides. (B+) Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review J L The same old predictable story. I've seen so many like this on lifetime, and they are about the same theme. The ending was good though. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/28/21 Full Review mike v The Cove is a 2009 American documentary film directed by Louie Psihoyos which analyzes and questions dolphin hunting practices in Japan 🐬 It's good 🙂 I'd recommend it if you like this genre 👍🏼 SHALLOW WATER. DEEP SECRET. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It's pretty extraordinary. Highlight was the Japanese representative saying fishing stock appears to be decreasing as whales and dolphins are eating too many fish. I mean, amazing. Anyway, yeah this is grim viewing and very hard to defend. An impressive and necessary documentary but I think a Japan are a law unto themselves when it comes to this matter. Real shame. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis In Taiji, Japan, local fishermen hide a gruesome secret: the capture and slaughter of dolphins. Activist Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the "Flipper" TV series, joins forces with filmmaker Louis Psihoyos and the Ocean Preservation Society to expose the brutal practice, risking life and limb in the process.
      Director
      Louie Psihoyos
      Producer
      Paula Dupré Pesmen, Fisher Stevens
      Screenwriter
      Mark Monroe
      Distributor
      Roadside Attractions
      Production Co
      Diamond Docs
      Rating
      PG-13 (Disturbing Content)
      Genre
      Documentary
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Jul 31, 2009, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 20, 2015
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $869.7K
      Runtime
      1h 34m
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