(2009)

Critic Reviews

84

Metascore

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100
There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best -- a certain Oscar nominee.
100
The Hollywood Reporter
Shot rivetingly by cinematographer Brooke Aitken, who combines digital, night-vision and thermal-imaging formats into a formidable package, the footage is edited tautly by Geoffrey Richman and enhanced measurably by J. Ralph's suspenseful score.
100
Not only does it deliver a powerful message, but it is wrapped in an immensely entertaining package.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
88
Two fins up for The Cove, a documentary that whales on evil Japanese fishermen who kill dolphins for lunch meat.
85
Psihoyos describes his troops as a kind of "Ocean's 11" team, and that's apt enough: He's making a real-life action caper, a heist with potential consequences in the real world. The buildup to getting the shots they want has a good deal of natural tension. And the payoff -- well, let's just say it's devastating.
83
The Cove is the rare documentary specifically designed as a thriller.
75
The Cove plays like a thriller. It has the breathless pace of a "Bourne" movie, but none of the comfort of fiction. This is documentary filmmaking at its most exciting and purposeful.
75
The caper-movie touches and cocky self-awareness may wear thin, but you can't discount the importance, or the horror, of that footage.
75
Miami Herald
The most horrific -- and heartbreaking -- scene of any movie thus far this year comes at the climax of The Cove.
70
Wall Street Journal
The film makes its case graphically, to say the least, yet muddies its bloody waters with an excess of artifice and a dearth of facts.

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