Dolphin Tale (2011)
Critic Consensus: Wisely dialing down the schmaltz, Dolphin Tale is earnest, sweet, and well-told, a rare family film that both kids and parents can enjoy.
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as Dr. Clay Haskett
as Lorraine Nelson
as Sawyer Nelson
as Reed Haskett
as Hazel Haskett
as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
as Kyle Connellan
as Gloria Forrest
as Max Connellan
as Alyce Connellan
as Donovan Peck
as Mr. Doyle
as Sandra Sinclair
as Philip J. Hordern
as Coach Vansky
as Board Member Fitch
as Board Member Marx
as Board Member Christi...
as Little Girl in Wheel...
as Little Girl's Mother
as Veteran Tim
as Veteran Mike
as Prosthetic Consultan...
as Bully #1
as Bully #2
as Kyle's Friend
as Hordern Grandchild
as Winter Trainer
as Panama Trainer
as Dolphin Trainer
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Critic Reviews for Dolphin Tale
It just wants to make you leave the theater in a good mood. It certainly accomplishes that.
Dolphin Tale, an inspirational tale about a Little Dolphin Who Could, will swim into your heart despite some melodrama and predictability.
It's an earnest, sweet film that relies on the extraordinary true story of Winter, the rescued dolphin, and little on manipulative Hollywood tricks.
When I write the "Cookie Awards" in my annual Oscar-season column for the Quad-City Times, I always include this category: Most Embarrassing Crying Spell. There is no question which movie will 'win' the award. I bawled when I watched 'Dolphin Tale.'
Audience Reviews for Dolphin Tale
Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter
Good inspirational movie!I highly recommend this movie for any family, especially anyone with a disability. And as far as the barely believable and possibly sappy plot, sometime real life is like that and that is a good thing!
A lonely and friendless boy finds and untangles a hurt dolphin that is caught in a crab trap. He becomes very attached to the dolphin when the tail must be taken off to save the dolphin's life. The boy believes the dolphin would be able to swim normally if it was given a prosthetic tail.
This movie seemed a bit like this generations, 'Free Willy', I caught a lot of the same ideas and overall family friendly feel in it. Of course, this movie was inspired by a true story, so not sure what all was legit and what all was added drama but the overall conclusion was it was a decent-family friend feel with a great message to be told.
Dolphin Tale focuses on a rescued Dolphin befriended by a boy who discovers it wrapped up in a net on the beach. The boy, struggling with his own problems in life, finds solitude in his time with the Dolphin forming a bond between them that helps them both continue on and keep fighting the hardships of life thrust in their direction.
An attempt at a bionic tale (which obviously eventually works) is the core of the movie, the message, is the struggle for those with handicaps and over-coming odds in life no matter what they are. I thought the message for children especially, those with disabilities, who can find some type of encouragement and hope through this film was amazing and that's what won me over in a family-friendly film that typically wouldn't catch my mind or time.
It wasn't the greatest acting, wasn't the greatest movie, in fact as a movie by itself I am not sure it stands up to many others very well but the overall but the overall message and reality behind the story is what really stood out to me. It's a sloppy movie for a true movie critic, but, its inspiration and a feel good film, especially for children. So for that, it's not for all, but is for some...average on my rating scale...
Starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman, "Dolphin Tale" is exactly what you would expect. It's a movie about a boy(Nathan Gamble) who befriends an injured dolphin. The dolphin loses it's tail, and the boy then sets off to get help to get the dolphin a prostetic tail. It's a cross between "Soul Surfer" and "Free Willy". Total family movie, that runs too long and is borderline boring in some parts, but overall it's decent. The performances are good, the dolphin is cool, and the effects are well done. The movie is obviously made for 3D, but I only watched it in 2D on Blu Ray, and it still looks beautiful. That being said, not a movie I will probably watch again, but still okay enough for one watch.
Dolphin Tale Quotes
|Dr. Cameron McCarthy:||Just because you're hurt doesn't mean you're broken.|
|Hazel Haskett:||What does your dad do?|
|Sawyer Nelson:||I don't know. He left like five years ago. We don't know where he is. He never calls, never writes.|
|Sawyer Nelson:||So what does your mom do?|
|Hazel Haskett:||She died when I was seven. Never calls, never writes.|
|Dr. Cameron McCarthy:||[talking to Kyle Connellan when he says he can't swim anymore because he's 'broken'. Dr. McCarthy walks over to table, picks up and glass, drops it and it shatters on the ground] Now, THAT'S broken.|
|Sawyer Nelson:||But Winter needs me.|
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