Movie review by Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Powerful, heartbreaking, disturbing doc about captive orcas.

PG-13 2013 83 minutes

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 17 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Sea Sux

Wow...a film that is painful, bleak and damning to humanity. To treat these beautifully intelligent creatures with so much cruelty is beyond reprehensible. It is difficult to feel badly for Sea World. And it is heart wrenching to hear about all of the deaths and injuries that the capture, training, and imposed performance of these whales has inflicted on young trainers that were following Sea World protocol.
age 14+

Awful misleading and a burning garbage pile

This movie is misleading and awful. Instead of focusing on moving forward with it’s arguement it decides to attack the character of SeaWorld. It constantly tries to pull the audience away from the cold hard facts by using sentimental appeal. It presents false statistics, a one faced argument, and faulty science. Psychosis in whales is an unproven theory per pirated by animal rights groups. They present no facts and clouded information. No proven theory’s, as well as using a woman’s tragic death to their advantage. It presents only its own viewpoint and falls back upon sentinmental to keep the watchers in their side. They present to us only former trainers and no such scientific scholars and even much less scientific evidence. It is a poorly written and executed story, with nothing other than sentimental appeal to back it up.

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