Big Miracle

Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Feb 2, 2012
    60
    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."
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Feb 2, 2012
    60
    The genuinely sweet nature of this sometimes clunky movie is mixed with a little sass, and wins you over.
  3. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Feb 3, 2012
    58
    Big Miracle is harmless enough, but what's annoying about it is its aura of fake activism. The movie doesn't seem to get that it's exactly when the news media began to devote more time to subjects like whales that it started to turn into news not for activists but for couch potatoes.
  4. 50
    The film bulldozes any genuine nuance or insight or even emotion in exchange for ready-made plot points and by-the-numbers catharsis.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 2, 2012
    50
    It's certainly a worthy saga. But given the abundance of one-dimensional human portrayals, it becomes apparent that a documentary on the subject might have been more powerful.
  6. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Feb 1, 2012
    50
    There are too many convenient romances, trumped-up crises and reversals of conscience to clear up while those poor whales suffer. Big Miracle isn't an entirely bad movie but a wholly misguided one.
  7. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Feb 3, 2012
    42
    Stephen Root, Ted Danson, Dermot Mulroney, and other familiar faces lend their support, but it's not enough to overcome the limp, by-the-numbers execution. The film comprises innumerable expository scenes, leavened with uninspired comic relief.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Singer
    Feb 7, 2012
    40
    You'd have to possess a heart colder than the Northern tundra not to care about these poor animals working their flukes off to jerk audience tears, but emotional manipulation or not, this is still a movie about people standing around a hole waiting for something to happen.
  9. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Feb 6, 2012
    40
    This true-life tale takes some believing in the era of global warming (too much ice? Really?) but the sledgehammer emoting should let you know you're in a family drama.
  10. Reviewed by: Melissa Anderson
    Jan 31, 2012
    40
    While rooting for the marine mammals (and wishing for more footage of them - and even of their animatronic incarnations), your heart will also go out to the cast, stuck even more pitiably in syrupy manufactured crises.
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 53 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Mar 2, 2012
    10
    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. AWow 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. Full Review »
  2. Feb 26, 2012
    7
    Not "Gone With The Wind," but an entirely likable film without robots, aliens, explosions, sex or violence. Solid, simple story. KrasinskiNot "Gone With The Wind," but an entirely likable film without robots, aliens, explosions, sex or violence. Solid, simple story. Krasinski is glib and funny and utterly without affectation. Nice performances by some of the smaller players as well. If Hollywood made more movies like this the world would be a better place.... Full Review »
  3. Feb 4, 2012
    6
    It was a generally pleasant film, but it really felt more like a TV docudrama than a film for the big screen. Also, stereotypical charactersIt 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!
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