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Free Willy Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
A wayward boy befriends a moody killer whale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
February 17, 2008
Save the whale! Still a good family film with a great Michael Jackson title song.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 11, 2006
Good family flick
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 16, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 1, 2003
A good family picture that does not get too sweet; worth a look.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 6, 2003
Free Willy focuses on the friendship between a troubled 12-year-old boy and an orca at an adventure park. It will appeal tremendously to all "friends of nature," a term coined by Albert Schweitzer.
April 17, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Entertainment Weekly
July 16, 1993
Full Review | Original Score: B-
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
July 14, 2005
Schmaltzy.
| Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2005
Keiko sure knows how to jump
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 26, 2004
Gooey pap that drowns in its own phoniness.
| Original Score: 2/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 14, 2003
...many adults will find it too blatantly manipulative, but all the same it is decent, lightweight, juvenile entertainment.
| Original Score: 6/10
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 11, 2003
Michael Madsen as a "good guy" foster father? Lori Petty as a whale trainer? Who cast ths movie!?).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
November 22, 2002
It's like Lassie with whales. Only siller.
| Original Score: 2/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 4, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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Leonard Klady
Variety
June 23, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003

Movieline
January 9, 2002
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
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