Dolphin Tale 2


Dolphin Tale 2

Critics Consensus

Much like its predecessor, Dolphin Tale 2 offers animal antics and sweet, old-fashioned drama that the whole family can enjoy.



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Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment's "Dolphin Tale 2" continues the story of the brave dolphin Winter, whose miraculous rescue and recovery-thanks to a groundbreaking prosthetic tail-made her a symbol of hope and perseverance to people around the world and inspired the 2011 family hit movie "Dolphin Tale." The film reunites the entire main cast, led by Harry Connick, Jr., Oscar (R) winner Morgan Freeman ("Million Dollar Baby"), Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, and, of course, the remarkable dolphin Winter as herself. Charles Martin Smith, who directed "Dolphin Tale," wrote the sequel and is again at the helm. It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. (C) Warner Bros


Harry Connick Jr.
as Dr. Clay Haskett
Ashley Judd
as Lorraine
Nathan Gamble
as Sawyer Nelson
Morgan Freeman
as Dr. Cameron McCarthy
Bethany Hamilton
as Bethany Hamilton
Charles Martin Smith
as George Hatton
Tom Nowicki
as Philip J. Hordern
Denis Arndt
as Dennis/Disabled Vet
Carlos Gomez
as Dr. Miguel Arroyo
Kim Ostrenko
as Alyce Connellan
Tom Hillmann
as Male Morning Show Host
Amanda Jane Powell
as Female Morning Show Host
Lauren O'Quinn
as Tourist Woman
Alana Cavanaugh
as Toddler With Tourist Woman
Madison Absher
as Volunteer#1
Cassie Livingston
as Volunteer #2
Tamara Austin
as Nurse's Aide
Jessica Fernandez
as Volunteer At Pairing
Amy Jordan
as Mandy's Mom
Damon Sementelli
as News Reporter
Jennifer De Castroverde
as Board Member Jackie
Jim Coleman
as Board Member Pat
David Yates
as Party Guest
Abby Stone
as Stranding Team Woman
Camelle Zodrow
as Stretcher Team Woman
Hope Hanafin
as Jeannette
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Critic Reviews for Dolphin Tale 2

All Critics (86) | Top Critics (27) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (30)

  • Mild fun ensues, but even the returning players can't divert us from all its narrative water-treading ...

    Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Mike McCahill

    Top Critic
  • This is innocuous, heart-in-the-right-place family fare, but its well-earned points about animal rights and preservation would be better taken if the relentless sentimentality didn't force viewers into flippers-in-the-air submission.

    Sep 14, 2014 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
  • With its important lessons of opportunity and hope, the sequel makes for fine family entertainment.

    Sep 14, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Some angst away from the dolphin tank feels like padding, but there's enough bona fide narrative to please tomorrow's marine biologists and their parents.

    Sep 12, 2014 | Full Review…

    Tom Russo

    Boston Globe
    Top Critic
  • In a world full of cheapened, bombastic entertainment aimed at children, this modest, honest little movie feels special in its own way.

    Sep 12, 2014 | Full Review…
  • "Dolphin Tale 2" cares about the right things: the details of marine rescue, the dedication of the individuals involved, and the lives and personalities of the animals under their care.

    Sep 12, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dolphin Tale 2

  • Nov 14, 2014
    A heartwarming sequel with Winter, everyone's favourite dolphin. Whilst the sequel is not as good as the original it still keeps you entertained.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2014
    Dolphin Tale 2 is a sweet, albeit slight family film. Well-meaning and cute, the actors are all spot on with the two younger kids not being overly cutesy. The film works as wholesome and charming family entertainment, even if the emotional impact isn't as great this time around. Rating: 64
    Bradley J Super Reviewer
  • Aug 20, 2014
    While it may not have the emotional impact that the first film did, I really admire the fact that both films are based on the continuing true story of these people. These filmmakers really to feel like they care about this incredible story, but the big issue this film has is that it should have waited a little longer to be made, because it does not have enough material to fill it's running time. Yes, it has some very genuine moments, the cast is loveable and the animals are the main focus in the film once again, and yes those portions are all terrific, but there is something off the entire time, making it a little distant from what made the first one special. Again, it is still based on the true story, so there are no flaws in the film, but I just wish they had waited to explore more. "Dolphin Tale 2" is a very well-written film that is good for anyone of any age and I had a very good time watching it. It is a solid film that does not quite compare to it's predecessor but all the heart is still in the right place!
    KJ P Super Reviewer

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