Dolphin Doc The Cove a Real Thrill
Critics wowed by 'horrifying' film
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 31, 2009 12:37 PM CDT

(Newser) – Critics are raving about The Cove, a documentary about a Japanese town whose economy rests on capturing and killing dolphins for the worldwide market:

  • It’s “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,” writes Jeanette Catsoulis in the New York Times. “This is no angry enviro-rant but a living, breathing movie whose horrifying disclosures feel fully earned.”

  • The movie "is quite consciously structured as a thriller,” writes Kenneth Turan in the Los Angeles Times. It’s “a powerful and effective piece of advocacy filmmaking, but it's difficult to watch it without thinking of subtitles like The Place Where Evil Dwells.”
  • “This is documentary filmmaking at its most exciting and purposeful,” writes Peter Travers in Rolling Stone. “ It has the breathless pace of a Bourne movie, but none of the comfort of fiction.”