The Big Year Reviews

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 31, 2012
Faintly amusing, not wacky at all, considering this cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Eric Melin
February 23, 2012
The Big Year is completely predictable and full of way too many bird-watching montages set to inspiring music, but it's such an upbeat, cheery film that it's pretty hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
February 13, 2012
If you can get past the obviously obscure subject matter, you'll find a really sweet film beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 5, 2012
If you go into it not expecting big comedy, "The Big Year" can be an enjoyable diversion for an evening. But it helps if you like nature.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 8, 2011
Frankel and co might have taken a bolder step into the darkly comedic look of the birder's psyche and added more of a gust of air into this film's feathers ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
December 8, 2011
If you are stuck in a rut and really want to follow your dreams, try this gentle, light-hearted comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 4, 2011
The opposite of the quiet, contemplative activity ornithology is supposed to be, this may well be the joke, in which case it's the only one.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
December 2, 2011
A charming little narrative movie that is so amiably ridiculous that you're sure it must have been invented... The three stars bring their most satisfying games, their comedy small and human-scaled rather than broad and slapsticky..
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
December 2, 2011
A comedy with fewer laughs than measles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
December 1, 2011
A feather-light tale that never really takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Pulver
December 1, 2011
It's theoretically possible for laughs to be gouged out of this scenario, but you won't find them here: every move, every joke, every emotion is heaved lumberingly into place.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
December 1, 2011
The Big Year is as glossy and inert as Martin's face, which these days seems to require more foundation than the Burj Khalifa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 1, 2011
Even though it's rather corny and sentimental, this colourful comedy-drama holds our interest mainly because it's about a subject we'd never imagine watching a film about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
November 30, 2011
Just a load of planes, cranes and Himalayan snowcocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matthew Turner
November 30, 2011
Engaging, low-key comedy enlivened by likeable characters, strong performances and an original central premise, though it's slightly undone by an overwritten script and a grating, ever-present voiceover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
November 14, 2011
Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin find a formula for blandness
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 11, 2011
Veers close to being The Bucketful-of-Birds List. So pleasantly decent and hesitant to be complex that it's rather simple-minded; it just doesn't make an obsession sing to us.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
October 21, 2011
In some alternate universe, a much better version of The Big Year exists, one that embraces the essential, insular weirdness and romantic fanaticism of the birding community it chronicles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 21, 2011
The result is an offence-free, mild entertainment in which everyone from cast to scriptwriter seems to be winging it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times
October 19, 2011
Even if you don't know a sapsucker from a seagull, The Big Year displays unusual heart, and respect for a pastime that could easily be mocked.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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