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The Big Year Reviews

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December 31, 2012
Faintly amusing, not wacky at all, considering this cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 23, 2012
The Big Year is completely predictable and full of way too many bird-watching montages set to inspiring music, but it's such an upbeat, cheery film that it's pretty hard to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 13, 2012
If you can get past the obviously obscure subject matter, you'll find a really sweet film beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 8, 2011
Frankel and co might have taken a bolder step into the darkly comedic look of the birder's psyche and added more of a gust of air into this film's feathers ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 8, 2011
If you are stuck in a rut and really want to follow your dreams, try this gentle, light-hearted comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 2, 2011
A charming little narrative movie that is so amiably ridiculous that you're sure it must have been invented... The three stars bring their most satisfying games, their comedy small and human-scaled rather than broad and slapsticky..
November 30, 2011
Engaging, low-key comedy enlivened by likeable characters, strong performances and an original central premise, though it's slightly undone by an overwritten script and a grating, ever-present voiceover.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 19, 2011
Even if you don't know a sapsucker from a seagull, The Big Year displays unusual heart, and respect for a pastime that could easily be mocked.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 18, 2011
Perhaps in the hands other another director, this film about obsessive birders would have felt truly obsessive. Instead, it's simply nice.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 18, 2011
One of the smartest and funniest films this year..
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 17, 2011
An ornithological delight designed with the bird fancier in mind!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 17, 2011
A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 16, 2011
It's funny, has a plot and its lack of profanity and violence is a welcome relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 15, 2011
I'd write that The Big Year is for the birds, but it's quite enjoyable at times -- a bright and colorful escapade across America (or likely Canada) with three affable comedians scrambling to make tepid material their own.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 14, 2011
The Big Year has charms: Not a jawdropping flock of them, but a number of sweet insights and warm laughs just the same.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 14, 2011
Its charms are as small as its singing feathered friends, but they're real enough, and gentle enough, to lift it and give it flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2011
Yes, the characters are razor-thin and the dialogue wooden, but there's some light comic fun to be had with the batty birders.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 14, 2011
If you're tired of gross-out humour and interested to see what three leading comics do with this mild-mannered material, The Big Year is well worth a look.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 14, 2011
...the film itself qualifies as a rara avis: a benign, good-hearted movie about three disparate characters' search for happiness. The fact that it's rated PG, and yet is intended for adult audiences, should tell you something about the movie's nature.
October 14, 2011
Sweet, soulful travelogue/comedy isn't just for the birds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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