• 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

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
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Failing even to attempt genuinely humorous gags or scenarios, and incapable of conveying the thrill of its obsessive pastime or the majesty of the animals themselves, this feel-good male weepie remains comedically and dramatically grounded.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

October 17, 2011
Richard Brody
New Yorker
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Unfortunately, these comic geniuses are kept caged by the wan script and direction. The best gag in the film is the opening title card; the best joke, a throwaway by a day player.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

October 17, 2011
Laremy Legel
Film.com
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A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word.

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

October 17, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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What a waste that three of our finest actors are utilized as glorified bit players in such an instantly disposable comedy.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C+

October 14, 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
Tom Long
Detroit News
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People watching birds is a nice thing. People watching a movie about people watching birds is sort of a snore.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

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
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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You doubt that even the people making it enjoyed it. A better title would be "The Big Yawn."

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1/4

October 14, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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It's nice to watch a comedy that doesn't screech or foul the nest, but "The Big Year" is no big deal.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's just all, unfortunately, a little stronger on the pretty pictures than it is on interesting characters, or sharp comedy.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 14, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"The Big Year" has heart and sweetness to spare - but as any birder will tell you, focus and energy count, too.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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This movie stubbornly refuses to take flight, or generate more than a few chuckles.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

October 14, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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A genial comedy with more power under its wings than it seems. This one could have flown over the cuckoo's nest, or smacked into a glass pane, but instead lands in the middle of the road where quirky and popular meet.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Bird-watching - or birding, as practitioners prefer to call it - makes for a stupefyingly boring movie.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 1/4

October 14, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This gently charming comedy about a trio of birders is based on a winning premise, likable performances and stunning natural vistas.

Full Review Source: USA Today

October 13, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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There is some harmless pleasure to be found when feathers aren't ruffled, when the fowl is not foul.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

October 13, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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Like birding itself, "The Big Year" rewards patience. It respects both the integrity and the eccentricity of the avian obsession, and it communicates something of the fascinating abundance and weirdness of the animals themselves.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 13, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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All of these featherheads - both the avian and human kind - are lovable. Even better, they're funny, in a comedy that doesn't have to swoop to conquer.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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With ambitions greater than comedy and results that fall short of character study, The Big Year is neither fish nor fowl.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Black tamps down the runty obnoxiousness, Wilson the Malibu smarm, Martin the pandering. They're good company. So, in its fubsy way, is the movie.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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"The Big Year" is that rarity: a genuinely sweet film, about nice people happily engaged in the pursuit of something they love.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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You get something you don't anticipate -- and that's not a bad thing.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 13, 2011
Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
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It's like an Easter egg hunt for adults, joyous and sweet. The Big Year competition may be fierce, but the movie is as soft as a bunny.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 13, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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...it's a genuinely engaging and amiable film that convincingly brings the viewer into a world that is very likely not his own

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 13, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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"The Big Year" flaps its wings awfully hard but never truly takes flight.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It has barely enough pulse to power a hummingbird.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 13, 2011
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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Owen Wilson and Jack Black appear on the verge of succumbing to the same terminal blandness that's gripped Martin for so long.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

October 13, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Frankel is blessed with this cast and a subject that seems ripe for mockery, or at least gentle lampooning. But he never lands big laughs, just grins and giggles.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 13, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[It] has an innocence and charm that will make it appealing for families, especially those who have had enough whales and dolphins for the year.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 13, 2011
Brian Lowry
Variety
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A genial if slow-moving, almost sleepy comedy.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 13, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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This film may not do for birds what Frankel's last film, Marley & Me, did for dogs, but there's a similar current of warmth and appreciation for the effect of animals on people to be felt.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

October 13, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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The characters are just as two-dimensional as they sound, but damned if Wilson, Martin, and Black don't make those dimensions pop.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

October 13, 2011
Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
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Even if The Big Year doesn't entirely jell, it's a movie that's too charming to dislike.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 12, 2011
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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The most inviting thing in the movie was the exit door.

Full Review Source: New York Observer | Original Score: 2/4

October 12, 2011
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