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THE LONELIEST WHALE: THE SEARCH FOR 52 is a cinematic quest to find the "52 Hertz Whale," which scientists believe has spent its entire life in solitude calling out at a frequency that is different from any other whale. As the film embarks on this engrossing journey, audiences will explore what this whale's lonely plight can teach us - not just about our changing relationship to the oceans, but to each other.

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Jul 9, 2021

The preceding journey might have been smoother, but the doc is a reminder that we still know so little about the oceans and their inhabitants, and an illustration of how much hope we attach to them.

Metacritic review by Sheri Linden
Sheri Linden
The Hollywood Reporter
Jul 8, 2021

While Zeman’s enthusiasm is occasionally infectious, his conjectures, explained in voiceover, are riddled with platitudes and self-centered sound bites that say more about an egotistical need to be the first at something, to be the one who found 52, than about our connection with our large swimming counterparts.

Metacritic review by Carlos Aguilar
Carlos Aguilar
Jun 26, 2021

While 52 remains something of a mystery, The Loneliest Whale renders him less of a metaphor.

Metacritic review by Mark Jenkins
Mark Jenkins
Slant Magazine