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Whale Rider

  • Rated PG13

children & family, drama


A small Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership of the Ngati Konohi dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    90%
  • Audience Score
    89%

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    90%
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  • Audience

    89%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: A thoughtful, vivid spiritual coming-of-age story that transcends its particular cultural context.

- Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, Friday, June 20, 2003

Fresh: A story that J.K. Rowling fans young and old will savor.

- Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Friday, June 27, 2003

Fresh: There is magic here, enough to make Whale Rider worthy of the audience-choice awards it has earned at film festivals worldwide.

- Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, Friday, June 27, 2003