Dolphin Tale Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
It just wants to make you leave the theater in a good mood. It certainly accomplishes that.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered
February 11, 2013
Dolphin Tale, an inspirational tale about a Little Dolphin Who Could, will swim into your heart despite some melodrama and predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 6, 2012
Middle-of-the-road milquetoast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Rebecca Barry
Flicks.co.nz
January 5, 2012
It's an earnest, sweet film that relies on the extraordinary true story of Winter, the rescued dolphin, and little on manipulative Hollywood tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
KWQC-TV (Iowa)
December 22, 2011
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.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
December 22, 2011
In the hands of actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, this kid-centric drama provides a welcome family option with positive values and a minimum of frantic, noisy CGI. It's a tale told on a human (and animal) scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
December 19, 2011
One wonders why the filmmakers felt the need to turn a fascinating true story into a cliche-ridden, formulaic family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 17, 2011
While some adults may get impatient with it, kids will undoubtedly find it appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 10, 2011
Inspired by a wonderfully inspiring true story, Dolphin Tale has all the right ingredients for a family movie with adorable dolphins ..and the plucky youngster who plays a major role in the feel-good plot
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 10, 2011
You would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by this uplifting, heart-warming tale, about a dolphin that learns to swim with a prosthetic tail
Cynthia Fuchs
Time to Play Magazine
December 7, 2011
Sawyer's interactions with Winter make the movie fun for kids especially - an intelligent animal connects with a boy in need of attention and affection.
James Luxford
The National
November 25, 2011
Those looking to leave the cinema with a warm glow should seek this one out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 11, 2011
Sometimes drifts into the emotional shallows rather than letting its 'inspired by a true story' soar on its own.
Sam Bathe
Fan The Fire
October 21, 2011
An endearing tale of family, friendship and fighting for what you believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
October 14, 2011
The emotive aspect of the film is so tangible it's the equivalent of having someone grab hold of your heart on the inside of your rib cage ready to give it an occasional squeeze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
October 14, 2011
While it plays hard and loose with the facts, this tale of a boy and a bottlenose dolphin is guaranteed to create a tidal wave's worth of tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 14, 2011
Don't expect miracles but this is about a kind of miracle and doesn't sentimentalise it to death.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
October 14, 2011
Two hours of redemptive hugs, triumphant whoops and tearful smiles later we learn that pinning a tail on a dolphin is, on the scale of human achievement, not far behind winning the Nobel Peace Prize and discovering a cure for cancer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
October 13, 2011
The true story of a lonely, underachieving young lad's special bond with a disabled dolphin seems guaranteed to make you teary-eyed.
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 13, 2011
Engagingly directed and superbly written, this is a heart-warming feel-good drama with likeable characters and some impressive dolphin wrangling, though the 3D is entirely unnecessary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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