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Dolphin Tale Reviews

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September 24, 2011
Stilted acting, shoddy filming and CGI effects look as legitimate as a sand dollar.
September 23, 2011
Dolphin Tale works best when it's not actively trying to manipulate your tear ducts.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 23, 2011
Plenty of ambition. But the dialogue can be tin-eared, and the comedy has a cater- to-kids quality that sells youngsters short.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
November 11, 2011
Sometimes drifts into the emotional shallows rather than letting its 'inspired by a true story' soar on its own.
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
September 22, 2011
The power behind including footage of real people interacting with Winter reiterates how much better Dolphin Tale would have worked as a documentary or, say, a 'Dateline' special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
September 22, 2011
It's a mild shame that "Dolphin Tale" director Charles Martin Smith and his screenwriters have chosen to lard the true-life saga up with a bunch of easily digested imaginary detail straight out of the bland Hollywood feel-good recipe mix.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 23, 2011
Instead of steering toward deep and troubled waters, "Dolphin Tale" jumps through hoops to engage a young audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 13, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 22, 2011
Freeman is clearly enjoying himself, but his mega-watt presence and some unnecessary 3D are just about the only things separating Dolphin Tale from an Animal Planet original movie.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 21, 2011
Winter may be a moving symbol of resiliency, but Smith's film unfortunately sticks to shallow waters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
September 22, 2011
Accompanying grown-ups or older siblings will have to choke down a sizable dose of schmaltz with their fish milkshakes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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
September 22, 2011
a staggering compilation of various cinematic cliches so transparent a kid could see through them
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
September 23, 2011
It's very sweet and earnest. That's the good news. The bad news is that it's also kind of dull and packed too full of superfluous stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
September 23, 2011
A potentially appealing story about a rescued disabled dolphin gets smothered with inspirational family values guff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 6, 2012
Middle-of-the-road milquetoast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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