• PG, 1 hr. 40 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    David Frankel
    In Theaters:
    Oct 14, 2011 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jan 31, 2012
  • 20th Century Fox


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The Big Year Reviews

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Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Faintly amusing, not wacky at all, considering this cast.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 31, 2012
Eric Melin

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 Source: Scene-Stealers.com | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 23, 2012
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

If you can get past the obviously obscure subject matter, you'll find a really sweet film beneath.

Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Original Score: 3/5

February 13, 2012
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

February 5, 2012

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 Source: Real.com | Original Score: 3/5

December 8, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

If you are stuck in a rut and really want to follow your dreams, try this gentle, light-hearted comedy.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 2/5

December 8, 2011
Philip French
Observer [UK]

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.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

December 4, 2011
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

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..

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

December 2, 2011
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]

A comedy with fewer laughs than measles.

Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Original Score: 2/5

December 2, 2011
David Aldridge
Radio Times

A feather-light tale that never really takes off.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2011
Andrew Pulver
Guardian [UK]

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 Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 1/5

December 1, 2011
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph

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 Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 2/5

December 1, 2011
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

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 Source: Shadows on the Wall | Original Score: 2.5/5

December 1, 2011
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

Just a load of planes, cranes and Himalayan snowcocks.

Full Review Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 2/5

November 30, 2011
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 3/5

November 30, 2011
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin find a formula for blandness

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

November 14, 2011
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

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.

Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

November 11, 2011
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle

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 Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2/5

October 21, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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The result is an offence-free, mild entertainment in which everyone from cast to scriptwriter seems to be winging it.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

October 21, 2011
Steve Persall
Tampa Bay Times

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 Source: Tampa Bay Times | Original Score: B+

October 19, 2011
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