• 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

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
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
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
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
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review

Perhaps in the hands other another director, this film about obsessive birders would have felt truly obsessive. Instead, it's simply nice.

Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review | Original Score: 6/10

October 18, 2011
Pete Hammond
Boxoffice Magazine

One of the smartest and funniest films this year..

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 18, 2011
Kam Williams

An ornithological delight designed with the bird fancier in mind!

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 17, 2011
Laremy Legel
Top Critic IconTop Critic

A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word.

Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B

October 17, 2011
Diana Saenger

It's funny, has a plot and its lack of profanity and violence is a welcome relief.

Full Review Source: ReviewExpress.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 16, 2011
Brian Orndorf

I'd write that The Big Year is for the birds, but it's quite enjoyable at times -- a bright and colorful escapade across America (or likely Canada) with three affable comedians scrambling to make tepid material their own.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B-

October 15, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The Big Year has charms: Not a jawdropping flock of them, but a number of sweet insights and warm laughs just the same.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 14, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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Its charms are as small as its singing feathered friends, but they're real enough, and gentle enough, to lift it and give it flight.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2011
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer

Yes, the characters are razor-thin and the dialogue wooden, but there's some light comic fun to be had with the batty birders.

Full Review Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer | Original Score: B

October 14, 2011
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

If you're tired of gross-out humour and interested to see what three leading comics do with this mild-mannered material, The Big Year is well worth a look.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2011
Leonard Maltin
Leonard Maltin's Picks

...the film itself qualifies as a rara avis: a benign, good-hearted movie about three disparate characters' search for happiness. The fact that it's rated PG, and yet is intended for adult audiences, should tell you something about the movie's nature.

Full Review Source: Leonard Maltin's Picks

October 14, 2011
S. Jhoanna Robledo
Common Sense Media

Sweet, soulful travelogue/comedy isn't just for the birds.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2011
Leonard Maltin
March 10, 2012
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