• parkthesedaze

    ★★★★★ Added by parkthesedaze

    "The Cove" is one of the most important documentaries you'll ever watch. The amount of effort and true passion put into their activist mission is highly respectable and the footage is disturbing, and unfortunately, real. A heavy, emotional experience to say the least.


  • Minna Jee

    ★★★½ Watched by Minna Jee 29 Dec, 2010

    "White men saving cute dolphins from yellow men." Although the dolphins are presented more as intelligent mammals than just cute and playful animals much inferior to mankind. Though there are somewhat overly sentimental elements present, in addition to emotional material. The makers are obviously passionate about the subject. Some main facts seem undeniable, including that live dolphins are worth a lot of money, but for the validity of some others it's hard to tell. I really didn't figure out why the dolphins were also killed for their meat if it's not even particularly wanted anywhere.


  • Jack Gattanella

    ★★★★½ Watched by Jack Gattanella 24 Aug, 2010

    The Cove is kind of a hybrid of environmental/animal-rights polemic and a thriller in the mold of a heist movie, only more along the lines of Inception: instead of taking something out, these people (camera technician wizards from ILM) are putting something in. In this case it's at a cove in a small village, Taijii, where fishermen are (somewhat not so) secretly killing dolphins en masse, and the cameramen are after a simple thing: put believably disguised rocks that have…


  • JustinBateman

    ★★★★ Added by JustinBateman

    "The dolphin's smile is nature's greatest deception."

    Ric O'Barry spent years training dolphins for hit TV show Flipper. Years later, it becomes apparent that the fishing town of Taiji in Japan, the largest supplier of dolphins to the world's aquariums, is not at all that it seems. O'Barry sets about uncovering the truth.

    In order to capture evidence of the slaughter of more than 20,000 dolphins and porpoises in Taiji every year, O'Barry has to pull together a team of…


  • Adam Lowes

    ★★★ Watched by Adam Lowes 10 Oct, 2015

    Flippin' grippin'.


  • RobertW

    ★★★ Rewatched by RobertW 01 Oct, 2015

    A furious call to arms.

    I feel conflicted about this one. Something doesn't sit well with me here, but It's difficult to put my finger on exactly what it is.
    It's not the emotional manipulation on display or even the questionable people carrying out the "operation", since I tend to overlook things like that when the message of the movie is powerful or harrowing enough.

    Maybe I'll get it on my next rewatch. So for now I'll just capitulate and say: Yes, I cried. I cried, damn it. I love dolphins. And orcas. Mostly orcas actually, but dolphins are pretty damn lovable too.


  • A. Glass

    ★★ Added by A. Glass

    A lot of the other reviewers do a better job of pointing out the fatal flaws in this movie than I can. It's an advocacy film about dolphins. The dolphins are cute, the advocates are passionate and the filmmaker's scheme is interesting and pays off in a big way. Or, maybe it doesn't. Maybe people don't really care about dolphins all that much (even if they "may be smarter than humans" as some junk science reporter for a dodgy TV…


  • Joyce Heinen

    ★★★★★ Rewatched by Joyce Heinen 19 Sep, 2015

    Film # 23 of the "Scavenger Hunt # 6" Challenge
    Task # 2: A riveting documentary
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    Beautifully made documentary that is an outright indictment against the hunting of dolphins in the Japanese town of Taiji and the fisheries policy of the Japanese Government. Activist Ric O’Barry and director Louie Psihoyos take a team to Japan to uncover the horrific activities that take place there. Be warned, it’s a documentary that shows lots of cruelty.

    Director Louie Psihoyos has…


  • Callum Perritt

    ★★★★ Watched by Callum Perritt 14 Sep, 2015

    Film #6 of the September 2015 Scavenger Hunt Challenge
    Task #2: a riveting documentary.


    With similar themes to 2013's Blackfish, The Cove is a gripping documentary that is shocking on a number of levels, be it the controversial images of hundreds of dolphins being slaughtered or the way the Japanese government has conspired to hide the truth about these practices from the rest of the world.

    The film follows a group of activists who have descended upon the town…


  • Keith LaFountaine

    ★★★★½ Watched by Keith LaFountaine 10 Sep, 2015

    Absolutely heart-wrenching and disturbing, The Cove not only highlights a horrendous slaughter, but also provides hope in the form of the activists willing to put their livelihood on the line for the dolphins. Part documentary, part real life thriller, this film holds you in its grasp from beginning to end.


  • nrbeaton

    ★★★★ Watched by nrbeaton 01 Apr, 2012

    A well-made and very confronting documentary.


  • panikoval500

    ★★★★★ Added by panikoval500