The Big Year Reviews

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February 5, 2012
If you go into it not expecting big comedy, "The Big Year" can be an enjoyable diversion for an evening. But it helps if you like nature.
December 4, 2011
The opposite of the quiet, contemplative activity ornithology is supposed to be, this may well be the joke, in which case it's the only one.
December 2, 2011
A comedy with fewer laughs than measles.
December 1, 2011
A feather-light tale that never really takes off.
December 1, 2011
It's theoretically possible for laughs to be gouged out of this scenario, but you won't find them here: every move, every joke, every emotion is heaved lumberingly into place.
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.
December 1, 2011
Even though it's rather corny and sentimental, this colourful comedy-drama holds our interest mainly because it's about a subject we'd never imagine watching a film about.
November 30, 2011
Just a load of planes, cranes and Himalayan snowcocks.
November 14, 2011
Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin find a formula for blandness
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.
October 21, 2011
In some alternate universe, a much better version of The Big Year exists, one that embraces the essential, insular weirdness and romantic fanaticism of the birding community it chronicles.
October 21, 2011
The result is an offence-free, mild entertainment in which everyone from cast to scriptwriter seems to be winging it.
October 19, 2011
A lackluster movie about birdwatching is a total waste of Martin/Wilson/Black's talents.
October 19, 2011
...a slick yet empty piece of work.
October 17, 2011
It might not be in the running for the worst Hollywood movie of 2011, but then again it might.
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.
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.
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.
October 16, 2011
Poor Owen Wilson, another rotten movie. He's joined by Steve Martin and Jack Black, no strangers to the genre, in this uninivolving tale that even beautiful scenery can't redeem.
October 15, 2011
Insipid and inept.
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