Dolphin Tale - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Dolphin Tale Reviews

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Michael Hann
October 13, 2011
It's easy to roll one's eyes at Dolphin Tale, which is heavy on swelling music and how children - aw, shucks! - can teach adults a thing or two about holding on to hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
October 13, 2011
Animal lovers, be prepared to tear up several times as this heartwarming family film hits all the heartstrings inherent in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
October 12, 2011
You would have to be made of a very hard heart not to be moved by the underwater scenes of Sawyer swimming with the dolphin, and of the real-life footage at the end of amputees meeting Winter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
October 12, 2011
This is an old-fashioned cockle-warmer that connects through flesh and blood, not pixels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Maytum
Total Film
October 12, 2011
As slick, charming and eager-to-please as a SeaWorld cetacean.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
October 11, 2011
As much as it grates, it still manages to warm the cockles.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eve Barlow
Empire Magazine
October 9, 2011
A good shout if your kids like this sort of thing, otherwise best head to your local aquarium.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
October 8, 2011
An eminently fine inspiring true-ish story of beating the odds and being the best you you can be, and if that's your poison, great.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
October 7, 2011
... though sugary and overlong, ... pleasant enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Tennis
October 7, 2011
A stellar supporting cast lends credibility to this true-life adventure from director Charles Martin Smith.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 6, 2011
Relentlessly heartwarming, this film can't help but move us to tears.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
September 30, 2011
Could be accused of mawkishness, but I have no problem recommending a movie that encourages children to love and respect wildlife.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 30, 2011
Manages to hit every mildly comedic and heartstring-tugging bit in the boy-and-his-animal movie playbook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
September 28, 2011
The story is predictable and follows a well-worn formula, but it does it pretty well.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jackie K. Cooper
September 27, 2011
Move over Flipper, Winter is the new dolphin star.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
September 26, 2011
There is heart here, but that's only during the closing credits when we see a glimpse of the true story.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
September 25, 2011
A movie for the whole family! I don't even know Hollywood was still making those anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
September 25, 2011
It may not be a perfect film, but it is an ideal family film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Monica Castillo
Dig Boston
September 24, 2011
Stilted acting, shoddy filming and CGI effects look as legitimate as a sand dollar.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 23, 2011
Dolphin Tale gets bogged down with the family drama. These and other elements raise the level of cheese to that of a white trash Velveeta casserole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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