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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
A really touching film, Keisha Castle-Hughes should have won the Oscar in what was one of the greatest performances ever! The speech scene is just awesome cinema!
- SirPant, Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Koro: When she was born, that's when things went wrong for us. This is a great movie about tradition and acceptance. It is set in New Zealand, revolving around a Maori tribe. In particular the life of a young girl played by Keisha Castle-Hughes. She is the youngest daughter in a family where the young male child is always the next in line to be chief. Unfortunately, the male has died, leaving a tension between the grandfather and the young girl. The story is so absorbing, slipping in and out of coming of age comedy and drama. There are a number of memorable moments, especially towards the end. All of the actors do what is needed. The film is well made, for a limited budget. The tone and pacing is well balanced. This is a wonderful little movie. Koro: If you have the tooth of a whale, you must have the jaw of a whale to yield it.
- DrZeek, Tuesday, September 11, 2007
A poetic look into a different culture that really isn't too different, simply remembering that it was at one time and wanting to hold that memory. A small coastal community of Maoris deal daily with being New Zealanders while not being entirely so, particularly hard for a young pubescent lass ostracized because of her sex, despite that she offers hope of continuing traditions. Good performances by all the leads though the story worries around a barn door being open long, long after the horse has already gone.
- ApeneckFletcher, Thursday, February 7, 2013