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  • Starring: Dave Duffus, Dean Gomersall, Samantha Berg, Tilikum
  • Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • Genre(s): Drama, Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 83 min,

While in captivity, Tilikum, a performing killer whale, has been responsible for the deaths of three people, including a top orca trainer. Blackfish shows the sometimes devastating consequences of capturing and confining such intelligent and sentient creatures.

"An extraordinary, must-see examination of what humans do to killer whales so that these amazing creatures can become one more entertainment."
- Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News
"Forget "The Conjuring," Blackfish may be the scariest movie around."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite creates a fascinating character study of Tilikum, part of a revered species without a single confirmed kill of a human in the wild. Captivity is where Blackfish's evidence continually points the blame for Tilikum's deadly behavior."
- Steve Persall, Tampa Bay Times
"Impassioned and disturbing, this documentary matches "The Cove" for marrying cool intellect with real fire."
- David Parkinson, Empire
"Blackfish, a troubling exposé of Sea World’s hazardous entertainment trade, does much to restore a realistic sense of danger, interviewing former park workers who detail their shoddy, nonscientific training, and chronicling the much-suppressed history of whale-on-human violence."
- Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"For the most part, Cowperthwaite keeps the preachiness in check, letting the scientists, former SeaWorld trainers and other witnesses tell it as it is. Indeed, the scary training scenes - uniformly gripping - do most of the talking."
- David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle