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Released Apr 14, 2000 39m Documentary List
89% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 65% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray examines the mammal's behavior and intelligence. Pierce Brosnan narrates. Read More Read Less

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Globe and Mail Rated: 3/4 Apr 5, 2002 Full Review Film Threat Rated: 4/5 Jan 9, 2006 Full Review Forrest Hartman Reno Gazette-Journal Solid eye-candy documentary that any dolphin lover will enjoy. Rated: 3.5/5 Dec 16, 2004 Full Review Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Rated: 3/4 Nov 6, 2003 Full Review Herb Lash Big Movie Zone Dolphins seems intended for a youthful fieldtrip type audience, but skillful filmmaking sets it apart from the typical wildlife documentary. Jun 17, 2002 Full Review Ross Anthony Hollywood Report Card Overall, pleasant and fun, it'll keep a smile plastered on your face for the first five minutes, before it dips a bit into documentary pace. Rated: 2.5/4 Sep 25, 2001 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Nice, colorful adventurous nature documentary about dolphins. Its very well done and has nice music, its very informative and relaxing, atmospheric film, but unfortunately its also a bit too short. With a bit more information and content it might have been much better. Even so, its worth watching if one is even a bit interested in the oceans, and maybe even if one isn't. Originally filmed for IMAX theaters, this short feature is narrated by Pierce Brosnan and soundtrack by Sting. The dolphins and the scientists are the main characters. As I wrote, its nice but would need a bit more content to make this more interesting.. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Prior to viewing this entertaining documentary, I was never aware of how incredibly talented dolphins are. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member I've always heard and read that dolphins are smart. This documentary makes the compelling assertion that a dolphins intellect surpasses that of even dogs and chimps. That noted, even dolphins have a violent side in certain circumstances. This realistic documentary doesn't hold back information like that which is not so storybook like. The only thing keeping me from rating this as a five-star selection is an assertion by one of the scientists that dolphins survival is largely predicated on human's willingness and ability to study them. Sorry. That gives humans too much credit and smacks of self-interest. Dolphins have survived many, many years without a hand from man and I suspect will continue to do so. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member [img][/img] [b][u]Dolphins[/u][/b] There is just something about an IMAx experiance that is just breathtaking. The screen encompases your whole vision, it is like you are right there and that is incredible. So you might ask, isn't that best for things like aeral shots? How does that translate to the water? It's just as breath taking. I'm not a big documentary fan, in fact I typically don't like them. I didn't bother with March of the Penguins, but this was very interesting and fun. It was a choice of Dolphins or a film on the Tour De France. I really wanted to see the clear warm waters of the carribbean again so it was the dolphins we watched. Best part of the movie was the Dolphin Sex. The male swims upsidedown under the female. Don't blink or you will miss it. Ok that wasn't the best part. but it was the funniest. The most amazing piece to me was watching the two main divers that swam with the dolphins in the movies. They would be 20 feet under the water, interacting with the dolphins, or recording them....without scuba gear. This man and woman were snorkle diving. I couldn't imagine holding my breath for as long as they do. I couldn't imagine being able to function under water as smoothly as they do without desperately trying to get to the surface for air. These are special people. The life of a marine biologist looks terribly interesting though. Her day included, sailing around in the beautiful water, on a boat for hours just trying to find the dolphins, only to get off and go swimming when they find them. Damn that sounds like hard work doesn't it? And here I thought I had a cush job. At only an hour long it felt really well paced. I could have used some more. I can only imagine what watching a film shot on IMAX film would look like. WOW. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Audience Member You know, when the cover of a movie brags about the songs by Sting included, one rather assumes he, you know, wrote something new. And I suppose, if he did the arrangements, that might count. Maybe. However, I kind of don't think it does. Don't get me wrong--I [i]like[/i] "Englishman in New York." I just don't see what it has to do with dolphins. I mean, Sting's got kids--one would think he'd be looking forward to the opportunity to do kid-friendly songs, and what's more kid-friendly than dolphins? But no--"When We Dance." Which, again, I like. But still. It's very intelligent of IMAX to give us Pierce Brosnan as a narrator again. I would listen to that man say just about anything. He has such a lovely, soothing voice. And here, we've got dolphins--this means more watching light on water and things swimming and whatnot. Lovely. I'll admit to caring less about the actual, you know, dolphin researchers interviewed than I do about the pretty pictures. This may well be because dolphins are not a primary focus of study for me. I did a report on them in fourth grade, but fourth grade was a long time ago. We do learn a fair amount about dolphins here, I'll admit, even when we're, um, not paying the closest attention to the movie. We learn some about dolphin language. We learn about the emotional connections that dolphins form. We see a dolphin birth. And we learn not to mess with them, because they're actually pretty fierce, for all they're cute. Yes, sure, a researcher was protected from a hammerhead shark by a dolphin. However, there are two factors at work there--one, dolphins are pretty ferocious toward sharks just in general; we learned on [i]MythBusters[/i] a while back that sharks actively avoid dolphins. The other is that it's a human that the dolphin had developed a relationship with; before that development, the dolphin actually attacked humans on a pretty regular basis. The fine people at IMAX bring us some pretty interesting stuff. I suspect, since it's mostly educational, quite a lot of it will be in the library catalog. This means that the two we've done thus far will hardly be the last of the IMAX documentaries. I'm sure there'll be one on the Grand Canyon when we get to "G." Or something. The Grand Canyon. I'm pretty sure there's a good one about volcanos. All kinds of things. And I'm looking forward to it, because IMAX is half about the learning and half about the amazing photography. However, there's really not much to say, here. I think this would be an excellent film to show small children if you're looking for an educational film, but that's pretty much what I have left to say. It's lovely; kids will probably like it. Not much of a review, I know. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Like most of the documentaries made for IMAX around this time, it focuses on visuals more than anything else. As a result, you end up with beautiful shots of dolphins, but not much else. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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Synopsis Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray examines the mammal's behavior and intelligence. Pierce Brosnan narrates.
Greg MacGillivray
Greg MacGillivray, Grace Atkins
Greg MacGillivray, Stephen Judson, Tim Cahill
MacGillivray Freeman Films
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Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 14, 2000, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 30, 2016
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