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Free Willy Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
December 15, 2010
A wayward boy befriends a moody killer whale.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
February 17, 2008
Save the whale! Still a good family film with a great Michael Jackson title song.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
March 11, 2006
Good family flick
| Original Score: 3/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
July 14, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2005
Keiko sure knows how to jump
| Original Score: 2/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 26, 2004
Gooey pap that drowns in its own phoniness.
| Original Score: 2/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 1, 2003
A good family picture that does not get too sweet; worth a look.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 6, 2003
Free Willy focuses on the friendship between a troubled 12-year-old boy and an orca at an adventure park. It will appeal tremendously to all "friends of nature," a term coined by Albert Schweitzer.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
January 14, 2003
...many adults will find it too blatantly manipulative, but all the same it is decent, lightweight, juvenile entertainment.
Read More | Original Score: 6/10
Christopher Null
January 11, 2003
Michael Madsen as a "good guy" foster father? Lori Petty as a whale trainer? Who cast ths movie!?).
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Scott Weinberg
November 22, 2002
It's like Lassie with whales. Only siller.
| Original Score: 2/5
Audrey Rock-Richardson
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
July 26, 2002
Inspiring environmental tale for the kiddie-set.
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
As plotting goes, Free Willy is strictly formula stuff.
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Emanuel Levy
July 6, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 16, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
August 29, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Brian J. Arthurs
Beach Reporter (Southern California)
October 4, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
April 17, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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