Big Miracle


Big Miracle

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Big Miracle uses real-life events as the basis for a surprisingly satisfying family drama.



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Average Rating: 3.6/5

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Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure Big Miracle tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter (John Krasinski) and an animal-loving volunteer (Drew Barrymore) who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. -- (C) Universal

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John Krasinski
as Adam Carlson
Drew Barrymore
as Rachel Kramer
Kristen Bell
as Jill Jerard
Dermot Mulroney
as Col. Scott Boyer
Tim Blake Nelson
as Pat Lafayette
Vinessa Shaw
as Kelly Meyers
Ted Danson
as J.W. McGraw
Mark Ivanir
as Dimitri
Bruce Altman
as Chief of Staff
James Le Gros
as Karl Hootkin
Stephen Root
as Gov. Haskell
Michael Gaston
as Porter Beckford
Shea Whigham
as SAR Pilot Conrad
Stefan Kapicic
as Capt. Yuri Nikolayev
Rob Riggle
as Dean Glowacki
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Critic Reviews for Big Miracle

All Critics (104) | Top Critics (26)

It is a laborious, sentimental drama featuring a self-parodic performance from Drew Barrymore, based on a TV news event that briefly gripped the US in 1988.

Feb 9, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

By-the-book dialogue and lame performances do the film no favours but, hey, worse things happen at sea.

Feb 7, 2012 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
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There's something refreshing about a kids' movie that manages to get through its entire length without a poop joke.

Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

If you're looking for a passable film to take the kids to this weekend, Miracle offers a smart enough take on its feel-good plot to keep adult viewers tuned in.

Feb 3, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Big Miracle" might be subtitled, "How Hollywood Turned a Real Story Into Bogus Fiction."

Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Big Miracle is not one of those whale tales that leaves the audience blubbering, but it's open to the allure of the imposing creatures, which resemble long boulders that have come to life.

Feb 3, 2012 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Miracle


Probably takes some liberties in telling a true news story from the 80s, but does it with such a charm and big heart that you can't help but like the result. Of course that's somewhat predictable, but the decent cast and lovable message make it work. They didn't make films like that for a while, but sometimes this is exactly what you need on a dark winter afternoon. Kids will love it, for sure.

Jens S.
Jens S.

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Truly a family movie with an inspiring story about helping the animals..

Sanjaya  丘耀文
Sanjaya 丘耀文

Super Reviewer

Pretty lame. Felt like a TV movie. Even Drew Barrymore could not really lift this, and geez, couldn't someone have touched up her roots before filming started! It's got a fairly high rating, so perhaps it just me being harsh, but I really did find this ordinary.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Based on true events..Overall a wonderful, heart-warming movie. It was a nice change of pace to watch a movie about people coming together for a cause. There were some inaccuracies for the sake of entertainment, but honestly, it can be overlooked. The picture as a whole was sweet, funny, and a nice way to spend an afternoon.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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