The Cove
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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.... (Full plot summary below)

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Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O'Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.

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New Orleans Times-Picayune - 10/10 by Mike Scott Not only does it deliver a powerful message, but it is wrapped in an immensely entertaining package.
Film Threat - 10/10 by Rick Kisonak At once an astonishing feat of advocacy filmmaking and a white knuckle eco-thriller; think Michael Moore meets Michael Mann.
Variety - 10/10 by Justin Chang Eco-activist documentaries don't get much more compelling than The Cove, an impassioned piece of advocacy filmmaking that follows "Flipper" trainer-turned-marine crusader Richard O'Barry in his efforts to end dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.
The Hollywood Reporter - 10/10 by Justin Lowe 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.
Salon.com - 10/10 by Andrew O'Hehir What's so remarkable about Louie Psihoyos' documentary The Cove isn't just that it's a powerful work of agitprop that's going to have you sending furious e-mails to the Japanese Embassy on your way out of the theater. That's definitely true, but the effectiveness of The Cove also comes from its explosive cinematic craft, its surprising good humor and its pure excitement.
New York Magazine (Vulture) - 10/10 by David Edelstein The end of The Cove is as rousing as anything from Hollywood. Manipulative? Sure--but isn't that fitting? Capitalism has driven an entire village to massacre dolphins and keep its work hidden.
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/10 by Roger Ebert There are many documentaries angry about the human destruction of the planetary peace. This is one of the very best -- a certain Oscar nominee.
Philadelphia Inquirer - 9/10 by Carrie Rickey An eco-mentary that's as passionate and persuasive an argument for change as "An Inconvenient Truth."
New York Post - 9/10 by Kyle Smith Two fins up for The Cove, a documentary that whales on evil Japanese fishermen who kill dolphins for lunch meat.
Village Voice - 9/10 by Ella Taylor The Cove is properly enchanting, horrifying, and rousing, but it comes dangerously close to making the narcissistic case that dolphins deserve to be saved because they're cute and breathe air like we do.
NPR - 9/10 by Bob Mondello 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.
The New York Times - 9/10 by Jeannette Catsoulis Like the director's cover story, the movie is a Trojan horse: an exceptionally well-made documentary that unfolds like a spy thriller, complete with bugged hotel rooms, clandestine derring-do and mysterious men in gray flannel suits.

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