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Big Miracle Reviews

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Justin Craig
September 25, 2013
"Big Miracle" is quite the whale of a tale. Miraculous? Maybe. Predictable? Mostly. Delightful? Absolutely.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A heavy-handed script and an obnoxious main character help sink this environmental drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
James Luxford
The National (UAE)
August 30, 2012
There are more subtle movies out there, but few more uplifting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
August 17, 2012
Big Miracle is invested with solid craftsmanship and a nuanced view of how idealism, pragmatism, and politics intersect.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 15, 2012
This is, well, huge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
March 23, 2012
Political cynicism, media opportunism, dogmatic native traditions, corporate greed and environmentalist stubbornness are each, in turn, dashed against this sunny confection.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
February 20, 2012
funny, tear jerking, smart, and not a little subversive with a few well-place jabs at unexpectedly deserving parties as well as a few kudos in a few surprising places
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 20, 2012
Genial feelgood story inspired by a true story that made headlines in 1988.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 13, 2012
Big Miracle, beyond its bland, nondescript title, delivers exactly what the coming attraction promised, an enjoyable save-the-whales" tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
February 11, 2012
The makers attempt to coat their fascinatingly bitter pill with saccharine. They are, however, only partially successful.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 10, 2012
[S]urprisingly pleasant... Feel-good hokum is achieved with a minimum of groans induced thanks to director Ken Kwapis' light touch...
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
February 10, 2012
Big Miracle has some decent special effects and a young boy will help it to feel more relevant to children.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

London Evening Standard
February 10, 2012
Ponderously sincere but it does tell a good story.
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
February 9, 2012
Krasinski and Barrymore are very likable characters with screen charisma. They seem at ease having previously worked with Kwapis. The movie's other chief strengths are the excellent casting choices, the cinematography and the lifelike animatronic puppets.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Bradshaw
February 9, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 9, 2012
Inspiring as any family-centric film can be, without being too insipid and manipulative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
February 9, 2012
A grounding in the real-life story makes this film much less sentimental than it looks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
February 9, 2012
The whales are so appealing, and the fight to free them from their ice prison so excitingly feel-good, that all cynicism is put aside, making this very decent family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Martyn Conterio
Little White Lies
February 9, 2012
Much better than the poster or trailer suggests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
February 8, 2012
Well made and superbly acted by a strong ensemble cast, this is an enjoyable, warmly written drama that resists the temptation to overdose on sentimentality and delivers a strong message.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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