Big Miracle Reviews

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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
R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine
February 2, 2012
Any goodwill it boasts is terminally suppressed, buried beneath a layer of bulls--- as thick as blubber.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Top Critic
February 2, 2012
The longer Big Miracle goes on, the more it settles for an amiable communitarianism chased down by a PG group-hug finale.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 2, 2012
It's not as inspiring or heartwarming as it should be, and footage during the credits suggest it would have made a better documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Matt Stevens
E! Online
February 2, 2012
Whale fans will blubber, but uneven Miracle flounders in its hunt for narrative focus.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Katey Rich
CinemaBlend.com
February 2, 2012
Too naive for the tricky grown-up issues it tackles, but not smart or sweet enough to get away with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Hazelton
Screen International
February 2, 2012
A real life-based drama that's pleasantly warm but overly busy and short on emotional oomph.
Thomas Leupp
Hollywood.com
February 3, 2012
Ends up feeling like some kind of saccharine paean to the virtues of self-interest, a Hallmark special scripted by Ayn Rand
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
February 2, 2012
The stereotypes are bruising, built into a laborious script that piles on the setbacks, stretching the story out with a routine of disaster every 10 minutes, making any new design of whale rescue a predictable failure.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 2, 2012
Given the abundance of one-dimensional human portrayals, it becomes apparent that a documentary on the subject might have been more powerful.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
February 7, 2012
By-the-book dialogue and lame performances do the film no favours but, hey, worse things happen at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
February 3, 2012
A story of big whales and big media
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 3, 2012
"Big Miracle" might be subtitled, "How Hollywood Turned a Real Story Into Bogus Fiction."
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
February 3, 2012
Perhaps the title sets an expectation Ken Kwapis’ movie can’t quite deliver.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
February 2, 2012
pretty much resembles a message-y family-friendly movie about saving some whales, which obviously isn't the worst thing in the world
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
February 6, 2012
The sledgehammer emoting should let you know you're in a family drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
February 2, 2012
One of those formulaic, bare-minimum efforts that confuses meaning well for being worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Melissa Anderson
Village Voice
January 31, 2012
While rooting for the marine mammals (and wishing for more footage of them-and even of their animatronic incarnations), your heart will also go out to the cast, stuck even more pitiably in syrupy manufactured crises.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
February 3, 2012
The title pretty much gives away the ending, as if there was any doubt.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
February 2, 2012
There's something admirable about the attempt to incorporate so many diverse beliefs, but Big Miracle does so to the point of sacrificing narrative cohesion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 9, 2012
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New York Times
February 15, 2012
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