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1,797 Ratings

The Cove

Directed by Louie Psihoyos
United States, 2009


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

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The Cove Directed by Louie Psihoyos

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2010 | Winner: Best Documentary, Features

Sundance Film Festival

2009 | Winner: Documentary (Audience Award)

Village Voice Film Poll

2009 | Nominee: Best Documentary Feature Film

Indiewire Critics' Poll

2009 | 3rd place: Best Documentary

This blend of James Bond-style adventure and Jacques Cousteau-style underwater discovery is beautifully photographed, thematically explosive and often surprisingly funny.
September 17, 2009
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Those faint of heart (and under 14) probably should not see The Cove. But everybody else should. Apart from The Hurt Locker, you won’t see a better thriller this year.
August 06, 2009
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Beneath the silver-fox exterior beats a rabble-rousing heart. (“You try to do the story legally,” he insists, eyes twinkling in remembrance of every cloak-and-dagger move.) That heart invigorates every frame of “The Cove,” as does Mr. Psihoyos’s eye for a powerful image (his photographs have graced many an issue of National Geographic) and savvy narrative style.
July 30, 2009
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