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Dolphin Tale Reviews

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November 22, 2017
There's just not enough here to justify paying for the full-price theater experience.
September 6, 2017
Emotionally manipulative, this film will probably reduce you to tears but in a jolly, uplifting kind of way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 22, 2013
It just wants to make you leave the theater in a good mood. It certainly accomplishes that.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 11, 2013
Dolphin Tale, an inspirational tale about a Little Dolphin Who Could, will swim into your heart despite some melodrama and predictability.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
April 6, 2012
Middle-of-the-road milquetoast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 5, 2012
It's an earnest, sweet film that relies on the extraordinary true story of Winter, the rescued dolphin, and little on manipulative Hollywood tricks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 22, 2011
When I write the "Cookie Awards" in my annual Oscar-season column for the Quad-City Times, I always include this category: Most Embarrassing Crying Spell. There is no question which movie will 'win' the award. I bawled when I watched 'Dolphin Tale.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 22, 2011
In the hands of actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, this kid-centric drama provides a welcome family option with positive values and a minimum of frantic, noisy CGI. It's a tale told on a human (and animal) scale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 19, 2011
One wonders why the filmmakers felt the need to turn a fascinating true story into a cliche-ridden, formulaic family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 17, 2011
While some adults may get impatient with it, kids will undoubtedly find it appealing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
December 10, 2011
Inspired by a wonderfully inspiring true story, Dolphin Tale has all the right ingredients for a family movie with adorable dolphins ..and the plucky youngster who plays a major role in the feel-good plot
December 10, 2011
You would have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by this uplifting, heart-warming tale, about a dolphin that learns to swim with a prosthetic tail
December 7, 2011
Sawyer's interactions with Winter make the movie fun for kids especially - an intelligent animal connects with a boy in need of attention and affection.
November 25, 2011
Those looking to leave the cinema with a warm glow should seek this one out.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 11, 2011
Sometimes drifts into the emotional shallows rather than letting its 'inspired by a true story' soar on its own.
October 21, 2011
An endearing tale of family, friendship and fighting for what you believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2011
The emotive aspect of the film is so tangible it's the equivalent of having someone grab hold of your heart on the inside of your rib cage ready to give it an occasional squeeze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2011
While it plays hard and loose with the facts, this tale of a boy and a bottlenose dolphin is guaranteed to create a tidal wave's worth of tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2011
Don't expect miracles but this is about a kind of miracle and doesn't sentimentalise it to death.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2011
Two hours of redemptive hugs, triumphant whoops and tearful smiles later we learn that pinning a tail on a dolphin is, on the scale of human achievement, not far behind winning the Nobel Peace Prize and discovering a cure for cancer.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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