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Gabriela Cowperthwaite

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About the Movie

Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000-pound orcas, or “killer whales,” soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet, in our contemporary lore this mighty black-and-white mammal is like a two- faced Janus—beloved as a majestic, friendly giant yet infamous for its capacity to kill viciously. Blackfish unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who—unlike any orca in the wild—has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what exactly went wrong? Shocking, never-before-seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca’s extraordinary nature, the species’ cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades, and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans have learned from these highly intelligent and enormously sentient fellow mammals.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 125
  • Fresh: 123
  • Rotten: 2
  • Average Rating: 8.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: 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, Jul 25, 2013

Fresh: "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, Jul 25, 2013

Fresh: Informative, earnest, but less than briskly paced. – John Anderson, Newsday, Aug 1, 2013

Fresh: 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, Oct 23, 2013

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Customer Reviews


This movie will stick with me for a long time. Absolutely fascinating. Whales are suffering for our entertainment, and it's tragic. SeaWorld should be ashamed of themselves. Shocking footage, but appropriate for the whole family, and the whole family needs to see this. I will never again support a marine park who makes intelligent whales and dolphins perform circus tricks for dead fish. Sickening. Amazing film!!


I have actully not watch this yet, but im gonna as soon as i can, im just so happy that someone has finally brought this to light, ever since i was young i loved Ocras, and sea life altogether really, I read so much about this, i know all to much that happens, and i never been to any of these parks forsuch reasons, if i wanna see Sea life, i will go to the sea!

Eye Opening

This documentary blows the lid off of the Sea World Animal parks secret! I believe that Tilicom is making us all aware of the inhuman conditions that these animals have been subjected too in the only way he can. Now it's up too us to listen and stop this!

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  • $19.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2013

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