Whale Rider

 (2003)

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  • Critics Rating 51 critics
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User Reviews

Great Story the movie ruined it.
Dec 30, 2008
jhaveymoviereviews - yahoo.com
I fell asleep numerous times during this movie because it was really boring and just not a good way to apply the magic of the book on film. I read the book and I thought of was pretty good. All the... Full review
Whale Rider: Talk about inspiring!
May 25, 2008
reelinspiration - yahoo.com
Reel Inspiration was created to promote movies like this. Twelve year old Pia courageously breaks Maori tradition to follow her path of becoming the leader and healer of her tribe. Encourage all the girls in your life to see this empowering... Full review
Very memorable with great performances
May 24, 2008
mudster2 - yahoo.com
This is an excellent movie for children and adults alike. As a classroom teacher, I would highly recommend this movie to parents of children, although children in grades 3 and below may find it difficult to understand. There is not a... Full review
Cultural experience
Mar 28, 2008
kkstaib - yahoo.com
To those who didn't understand it, maybe you should actually watch the movie. It's not that complicated, yet makes for an incitefully and dramatic movie. It does spend alot of time on tradition and native culture, but if it didn't then... Full review
ok movie
Dec 05, 2007
starbuttxx - yahoo.com
the part where keisha hughes cries during the dance was very emotional, but i found the rest really boring.. i usually like these kind of films but i think this movie is overrated.... Full review
the best movie period!
Nov 13, 2007
soyuzshrestha - yahoo.com
nothing short of amazing. the story couldn't be anymore better. the acting from the whole cast is oscar-worthy. i would recommend it to anyone.... Full review
"...a great family film!"
Aug 01, 2007
withoutmychick - yahoo.com
This film is beautiful and strong i like this film simply because of its performances, Keisha Castle-Hughes nominated for best actress was great i remember when i saw the film it was beautiful and great a motion picture that should be... Full review
Over-whale-mingling delightful
Feb 28, 2007
shulammite33 - yahoo.com
Daring to believe in her own destiny when no one else did, Pai is an inspiration to all women, young and old, who hit the glass ceiling and seek to burst through. The story is told with both skill and wonder... Full review
WAT!!!????
Feb 27, 2007
chinplaya_65 - yahoo.com
wat the hell is this movie about?!! i did not understand it at all... it was horrible and i dont think it should have a grade as high as it does... it had nothing to do with riding whales till the... Full review
Spiritual Culturalism
Jan 09, 2007
TheSlayer_Peng - yahoo.com
The story itself intertwined a deeply rooted maori culture while still demonstrating the power and dreams of one young girl. Simply an amazing movie for its imagery and fine casting.... Full review

Critics Reviews

| Sep 11, 2008
Urban Cinefile
I was obsessed not with how well the film could do, but with how well I could do my job. The people of a remote coastal village in New Zealand, frequented by whales, trace their ancestry back to Paikea, The Whale Rider, and in every generation a male heir has succeeded as chief. ... Full Review
| Sep 11, 2008
Urban Cinefile
Whale Rider is a splendid and satisfying story for all ages, taking us on an emotional journey of faith, courage and triumph. A delightful story whose roots begin in mythology, Whale Rider is an emotional tour de force for writer/director Niki Caro, whose heroine overcomes the odds to fulfil her destiny. ... Full Review
| Aug 14, 2008
Urban Cinefile
Whale Rider is a splendid and satisfying story for all ages, taking us on an emotional journey of faith, courage and triumph. WHALE RIDER: DVD SYNOPSIS: The people of a remote coastal village in New Zealand, frequented by whales, trace their ancestry back to Paikea, The Whale Rider, and in every generation a male heir has succeeded as chief. ... Full Review
| Jul 08, 2006
3 Black Chicks
The same way I was blown away by Keisha Castle-Hughes' performance in Whale Rider is exactly the way I was awestruck by the simplicity of Moreno's realistic portrayal of her character. CASS' CONCLUSION Maria Full of Grace is a remarkable film because Joshua Marston masterfully brings to light the subject matter of humans being used as mules to traffic drugs. ... Full Review
| Apr 14, 2006
Matchflick
Whale Rider is a pretty good movie, but Castle-Hughes is frankly amazing. The last act, in particular, is very affecting and quite beautiful. ... Full Review

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