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  • Summary: Inspired by the true story that captured the hearts of people across the world, the rescue adventure, Big Miracle, tells the amazing tale of a small town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. (Universal Pictures)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Feb 2, 2012
    Big Miracle even throws in an unexpected bonus, a surprise last-minute cameo that is funny without being the slightest bit mean, just like the rest of this hugely likable movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 2, 2012
    Big Miracle is not the most sophisticated adventure film, but compared with most family movies, it's practically something out of Noel Coward.
  3. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    Feb 6, 2012
    Big Miracle is a family movie fitted with the usual appeals to multiple audiences, and though tots, teens and younger parents might find the action a little slow until the rescue pressure builds, the grandparents will enjoy it as a trip down media memory lane.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 2, 2012
    But there's so much going on in Big Miracle that the biggest miracle of all – the whales at the center of the story, get lost amid all the criss-crossing love stories, political wheeler-dealing and well-intentioned but inadequate rescue missions.
  5. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Feb 2, 2012
    Inspiring, real and heartwarming, Big Miracle is something of a miracle itself - a family film everyone in the family can love that doesn't talk down to its audience and makes more salient political points than "Free Willy" or "Dolphin Tale."
  6. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Feb 6, 2012
    The film bulldozes any genuine nuance or insight or even emotion in exchange for ready-made plot points and by-the-numbers catharsis.
  7. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Feb 2, 2012
    Any goodwill it boasts is terminally suppressed, buried beneath a layer of bullshit as thick as blubber.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    Wow an awesome sorprise, Big Miracle for me is like The Big Year but better, the cast is awesome, Kristen Bell, Drew, John, wow are great. A good and emotive film. Expand
  2. Sep 4, 2012
    I loved this movie. It was great, touching and perfect. The cast was awesome, the story amazing, the characters memorable... it never took parts, I mean Greenpeace wasn't always looked in a positive way, the movie clearly shows you some flaws of the organisation. But it focuses on what it should: helping the wales. There is no 'bad guy', no 'perfect hero'. It's just people with their qualities and their defects, putting all of their effort into saving the poor creatures. It has a great message for the kids (but also for the adults). It's like a good version of Free Willy. It takes it's audience seriously, and it tells it's story really really well. Expand
  3. Feb 5, 2012
    This is a movie that everybody should watch. The more "loony", "tree-hugging", "bleeding-heart" "hippies" in the world, the better. The only kind of person who could dislike this movie is the insufferable cynic. Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2012
    A truly delightful family film based on a true and heartwarming story, brought with lots of humour based on the very likable characters portrayed by Krasinski and Barrymore both oozing screen charisma. Expand
  5. Feb 4, 2012
    It was a generally pleasant film, but it really felt more like a TV docudrama than a film for the big screen. Also, stereotypical characters abound--the gruff soldier, the profit-driven oil man, and the bleeding heart Greenpeacenik...the characters were pretty flat and predictable.

    The scene in the helicopter was very funny!
  6. Jul 28, 2012
    Big Miracle, a family-friendly docudrama by means similar to that of last years Dolphin Tale, is pretty standard family fare. It doesn't have a storyline moved along by its characters (who are quite absent here, however many there are) but by an atmosphere of straightforward morals and warm, good will. There are actually a few surprising moments to be had here, which elevate the picture above the norm. It does step into reaching territory and Drew Barrymore's character comes off as irritating, but John Krasinski delivers a more comic, relaxed performance that adds to the genuine likability of the film. For families searching for harmless feel good fare, look no further. Expand
  7. Feb 8, 2012
    This film is utterly unsatisfying.
    Not even slightly entertaining, some of the performances were utterly laughable, and the script was
    horrifyingly bad. Expand

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