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The Cove

documentary, thrillers


An amazing true story that is one part action-adventure thriller, one part documentary and a completely heart-pounding call for help from the world's oceans.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    94%
  • Audience Score
    94%

credits

starring

Fisher Stevens, Paula Pesmen

directed by

Louie Psihoyos

writer

Mark Monroe

studio

lionsgate

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    94%
    reviews counted: 28
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  • Audience

    94%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Beyond the high-stakes game of cat and mouse, the film explores the mysterious relationship between humans and dolphins and the unexplainable connection between our two species.

- Adam Graham, Detroit News, Friday, August 7, 2009

Fresh: Psihoyos and his team got the footage they were after -- thanks to meticulous planning, lots of furtive sneaking around and the judicious placement of underwater microphones and cameras disguised as rocks.

- Amy Biancolli, San Francisco Chronicle, Friday, August 7, 2009

Fresh: Directed by Louie Psihoyos, this well-intentioned documentary exposes the harvesting of dolphins by Japanese fishermen, yet its theatrics suggest a cross between reality TV and Mission: Impossible.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, August 7, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Another Documentary this one about the killing and capture of dolphins in Japan. The export to Dolphin shows all over the world. This film shows a group of people trying to put an end to this. Movie wise it shows you what National Geographic will not show you. Do I go to dolphin and sea lion shows anywhere I am at, you bet. Do I support the capture no, but that will not keep me from watching a animal show and paying close attention to weather they are well kept. 3 1/2 stars

- bbcfloridabound, Sunday, August 29, 2010

4 stars

Both thrilling and devastating, this daring documentary exposes the revolting covert massacre of dolphins in Japan, urging us to act against the horrors that men do to animals all over the world. Some may feel that the filmmakers' arguments are not very consistent, but no one can deny there is a vast material here for discussion.

- blacksheepboy, Sunday, May 30, 2010

4 stars

Shocking is the word that this documentary is trying to get out. This movie kept me glued to the very end and you will see some unbelievable scenes that will shock you and disgust you. I don?t want to give anything away because if you don?t know too much about this then the shock value is a 10+!! I urge anyone that if you watch only one documentary this year then this as to be the one!

- briandeguelle, Wednesday, April 21, 2010