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Big Miracle Reviews

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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 11, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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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
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
February 3, 2012
There's something refreshing about a kids' movie that manages to get through its entire length without a poop joke.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Leah Rozen
TheWrap
February 3, 2012
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.
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 3, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 3, 2012
"Big Miracle" shouldn't really work, but it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
February 3, 2012
Cold War-era bonding over whales? It would sound utterly absurd if it weren't based on fact. And that's part of what makes this movie fun for adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Rachel Saltz
New York Times
February 2, 2012
"Big Miracle" gets off to a shaky start, but once revved up, it becomes an involving work-against-the-clock-and-the-odds action movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 2, 2012
It is a whale of a comic tale, if also one overly crowded with characters and incidents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
February 2, 2012
Instead of this being a story of a bunch of lovely people doing a lovely thing, it's rather the story of average people who become much better people as a result of doing a lovely thing, even though some start out doing it for less than noble reasons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
February 2, 2012
There may not be a second of say, Whale Rider's lyricism (that's still the best whale movie out there), but this energetic family movie is less insipid than it looks.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 2, 2012
It's amazing a movie hasn't been made about these Reagan-era events before now. But the enjoyable "Big Miracle" offers perspective, balancing sentiment with healthy skepticism about human motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
February 2, 2012
It needs only to entertain. And that it does thoroughly, leaving us both charmed and enriched without feeling very preached at. Praise be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
February 2, 2012
The genuinely sweet nature of this sometimes clunky movie is mixed with a little sass, and wins you over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
February 2, 2012
If you think it's absolutely not your kind of thing, you might be surprised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 2, 2012
With such a large and likable cast, the whales are a relatively small part of the movie. But the wonder of "Big Miracle" is that their fate can make a cold-hearted audience blubber.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
February 2, 2012
The movie balances its sentimental side with a healthy dose of cynicism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 2, 2012
"Big Miracle" tells its sort-of-true version of events in a democratic and humane fashion, by way of a rangy, lively group of competing interests who actually do on occasion act like real people.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 2, 2012
Far better and far more adult than it really has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
February 1, 2012
Keeps the film from getting too cluttered by with performances that give us an instant connection to the humans literally trying to save the whales.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
February 1, 2012
Like a whale itself, "Big Miracle" is large and unwieldy -- but it also has its moments of splendor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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.