Based on 182 votes and 26 reviews
The Rotten Tomatoes numbers are an absolute joke. This is one of the last normal modern movies, before the dark times, before the w0keness. Unless you see it as anti-whaling movie, but I don´t think it takes sides. It just depicts the 19th century as it was: hard and cruel to both the whales and the hunters.
How is this movie so underrated? The CGI is better than in the average M-shit-U generic movie. Mocha Dick, the real whale who was an inspiration for Melville´s Moby Dick, gets the attention he deserves. I love how the scene where he saved the female whale and her calf from the whale hunters is very accurate to the description of the real events. He was a badass. After his death, the remnants of 19 harpoons were found in his body. He was half blind and had a crooked jaw. The movie had to water down this insanely over the top description because noone would believe it, but it´s accurate in the depiction of his white and gray spotty pattern (he wasn´t fully white).
2.5 stars. It was middle of the road. The CGI bothered me. I felt it could have been better. But it does go to show what men would do for oil (Whale oil or the new ground oil mentioned at the end of the movie). And it shows mans vengance and pride can get you killed. Then what you will do to stay alive...even though YOU actually did create the whole situation to begin with. Decent, but I wasn't blown away and will likely forget about it.
Slow moving and basically a rip off of the movie Orca.
Surprisingly exciting and very well shot. Better than Moby Dick the book!
Ron Howard makes a masterpiece better!!
Very poor movie. And boring
Very good used the source material very well A+
we were in nantucket and went to a whale museum and heard the story of how the men went out to sea for years at a time to find whales just to get the oil...we were fascinated...movie was pretty close to how I imagined it...loved it....
A little disappointed my son and I were.....love Ron Howards movies but this one a little boring. Love Chris but better made for being Thor, not this boring guy. Would wait till comes on tv in case you are already tired.
Fantastic, going tonight to see it for the second time!
Some extremely fake cgi sea lions in this movie.
Visually spectacular, but the plot and character development are uneven ... worth seeing on the big screen, but not one for the ages.
RON HOWARD DOES IT AGAIN
Great story and character acting about the inspiration for Moby Dick.
One of the very BEST movies we have seen in 2015 - and we see at least 1 movie a week ! Chris puts on a fantastic performance, much better than his Thor roles. The movie has an excellent combination of action at sea, human emotion and reaction, and courage and sacrifice. It is both an action/adventure/human spirit epic movie. Kudos to the director Ron !
One of the best movies this year! great story it really pulled you in, the special affects were really good, Ron Howard always makes you feel the heart of the story, Chris Hemsworth was excellent as usual!!! My husband and I throughly enjoyed it!
I liked the movie in a kind of casual way. During the action scenes the camera jumping from scene to scene left me not knowing what was happening. I guess I was expecting too much.
Bravo to Ron Howard again for making another great movie. This movie was excellent from its story line of the well known Moby Dick classic tale, to its exciting cinema photography and acting, to its message of a deeper moral consciousness of our earth's dwindling natural wonders. More heartening when we realize that this was for the greater part, a true story. See it and you should not be disappointed.
I had a whale of a time watching this movie,eXceptionally well done ,very entertaining...Good on you Ron
The last time Howard and Hemsworth teamed up was for the gritty drama Rush, but this is just as powerful in its own way.
Loved this movie.
Visually stunning. Excellent acting. Ron Howard is the man.
Excellent movie! The story was amazing and a realistic depiction of life from the 1800s. The acting was incredible, you actually felt for the people in the film. The human aspect was there as well as great special effects. Excellent acting from Chris Hemsworth.
This is a good Ron Howard film. Acting is solid all round and believable. The story goes deeper than "Big Whale sinks ship" and touches the players on a very human level. Nice message from a positive voice in Hollywood.