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The Big Year Reviews

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Alison Gang
San Diego Union-Tribune
October 14, 2011
"The Big Year" proves yet again that comedy isn't just magic that happens when funny people stand next to each other. They actually have to be doing or saying, or not doing or not saying, something that might inspire humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
October 16, 2011
If The Big Year does anything, it highlights how far Martin, Black, and Wilson have fallen from the giddy, off-kilter humor they used to bring to projects.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
October 13, 2011
The scenery and the birds (at least the less obviously CGI birds) are lovely. But the personal lives of the three men are predictable and not very compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 13, 2011
It has barely enough pulse to power a hummingbird.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Aldridge
Radio Times
December 1, 2011
A feather-light tale that never really takes off.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 14, 2011
A game of Angry Birds is far more enjoyable than this flocked-up mess. A script written in wingdings would have been preferable.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/10
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
October 14, 2011
One of the blandest imaginable comedies, a PG-rated flick that's so nice and so harmless it's like inhaling pound after pound of flavorless tofu.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 13, 2011
Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson all have made a great film or two, surrounded by tons of bad ones. "The Big Year" is closer to the latter.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 1, 2011
The Big Year is as glossy and inert as Martin's face, which these days seems to require more foundation than the Burj Khalifa.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Stevens
E! Online
October 14, 2011
Considering the high-flying talent attached, The Big Year is a big letdown.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
October 17, 2011
Failing even to attempt genuinely humorous gags or scenarios, and incapable of conveying the thrill of its obsessive pastime or the majesty of the animals themselves, this feel-good male weepie remains comedically and dramatically grounded.
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
October 13, 2011
Drained of its stars' onetime giddy spirit, this is an Olive Garden farce for audiences who don't hunger for authentic wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
October 13, 2011
Good-natured and amiable though it is, it's not particularly funny, nor are its sunny elements enough to justify dragging yourself out of the house to see it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Victoria Alexander
FilmsInReview.com
October 13, 2011
What's next? A movie about people watching TV?
John Hazelton
Screen International
October 14, 2011
The lead performances feel a bit restrained as the stars struggle to find a balance between comic exaggeration and dramatic realism.
Bill Gibron
Filmcritic.com
October 14, 2011
nothing emotional going on inside
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Kevin McCarthy
BDK Reviews
October 14, 2011
How can a movie with these great actors/comedians be so unfunny?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Richard Brody
New Yorker
October 17, 2011
Unfortunately, these comic geniuses are kept caged by the wan script and direction. The best gag in the film is the opening title card; the best joke, a throwaway by a day player.
Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
November 11, 2011
Veers close to being The Bucketful-of-Birds List. So pleasantly decent and hesitant to be complex that it's rather simple-minded; it just doesn't make an obsession sing to us.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
October 17, 2011
It might not be in the running for the worst Hollywood movie of 2011, but then again it might.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Leonard Maltin
ReelzChannel.com
March 10, 2012
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