The Big Year Reviews

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October 21, 2011
The result is an offence-free, mild entertainment in which everyone from cast to scriptwriter seems to be winging it.
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 17, 2011
A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word.
October 14, 2011
What a waste that three of our finest actors are utilized as glorified bit players in such an instantly disposable comedy.
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.
October 14, 2011
People watching birds is a nice thing. People watching a movie about people watching birds is sort of a snore.
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.
October 14, 2011
It's nice to watch a comedy that doesn't screech or foul the nest, but "The Big Year" is no big deal.
October 14, 2011
It's just all, unfortunately, a little stronger on the pretty pictures than it is on interesting characters, or sharp comedy.
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