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: Ella Taylor
    Feb 6, 2012
    75
    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.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 3, 2012
    75
    It's an exciting, charming and often quite funny family film.
  3. 75
    It's a screwball comedy, with a possible debt to Preston Sturges's 1942 film, "The Miracle of Morgan Creek," a movie inspired by the Dionne quintuplets, and similarly set in a small town turned upside down by media and political showboating.
  4. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    Big Miracle is not the most sophisticated adventure film, but compared with most family movies, it's practically something out of Noel Coward.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    Big Miracle tells its sort-of-true version of events in a democratic and humane fashion, by way of a rangy, lively group of competing interests who actually do on occasion act like real people.
  6. Reviewed by: Janice Page
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    It needs only to entertain. And that it does thoroughly, leaving us both charmed and enriched without feeling very preached at. Praise be.
  7. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    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.
  8. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Feb 2, 2012
    75
    Rounded, redemptive and refreshingly free of cynicism.
  9. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Feb 1, 2012
    75
    Kwapis fills small roles with great character actors like Stephen Root, Andrew Daly, Kathy Baker, Tim Blake Nelson, John Michael Higgins, Rob Riggle, and James LeGros, all skilled at making a lot out of a little.
  10. Reviewed by: Rachel Saltz
    Feb 2, 2012
    70
    Big Miracle gets off to a shaky start, but once revved up, it becomes an involving work-against-the-clock-and-the-odds action movie.
  11. Feb 2, 2012
    70
    There may be no role Barrymore is better suited to than that of sanctimonious environmentalist.
  12. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    Feb 1, 2012
    70
    This family-friendly outing captures the story's human snowball effect with a measure of sly, satirical wit, if also an excess of boilerplate subplots and jokey '80s details.
  13. 70
    It's the affable cast, headed by Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, that really makes the picture so widely accessible.
  14. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Feb 2, 2012
    67
    Big Miracle is all formula, but with just enough savvy to temper the gentle-spiritedness and qualify it as that rare family film with an emotional manipulativeness that doesn't leave a sick slick in the mouth.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Feb 2, 2012
    65
    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.
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Feb 3, 2012
    63
    What Kwapis does do, however, is nicely handle the film's whale of an emotional payoff.
  17. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Feb 2, 2012
    63
    As the minutes tick down, the sentimentality picks up. But chalk that up to the enigmatic creatures, which grab hold of human hearts no matter one's politics or affiliations. Whales just have a way of bringing people together.
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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