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  • Summary: It has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett, rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy, who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter's surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins' social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium. [Warner Bros.] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Sep 11, 2014
    83
    The actual video footage of some of the incidents recreated in the film, which play with the end credits, makes it clear that sometimes reality can be as hokey as fiction.
  2. Reviewed by: Sheila O'Malley
    Sep 12, 2014
    75
    Dolphin Tale 2 tries to do too much, with too many stories shoehorned in, but the overall effect is emotional and sweet.
  3. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Sep 12, 2014
    70
    A well-crafted family flick that gets the job done, then gets out of the way.
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Sep 11, 2014
    63
    A family flick that punches the right buttons like a trained seal.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Zwecker
    Sep 11, 2014
    63
    This second film is again heartwarming and includes some nice performances from Connick, Gamble and Morgan Freeman.
  6. Reviewed by: Jason Clark
    Sep 15, 2014
    58
    This is innocuous, heart-in-the-right-place family fare, but its well-earned points about animal rights and preservation would be better taken if the relentless sentimentality didn't force viewers into flippers-in-the-air submission.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Rabin
    Sep 11, 2014
    30
    Dolphin Tale 2 makes audiences wade through endless oceans of tedium for those scattered, fleeting moments of grace.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Sep 13, 2014
    0
    It literally hurt to watch this movie. Painfully irrelevant dialogue that does nothing to add to or move the the story. Teenage love interest scenes completely artificial. Overacting across the board mixed with lack of any engagement by the players. Strange repeat shots of the hoist mechanism chain, and later of Ashley Judd's impossibly full plate of prawns. Attempts at dramatic moments create laugh-out-loud absurdity. Best part of the movie is that, no matter how slow the crawl may be, it does finally end, the few brief appearances by the indomitable Morgan Freeman, and the raw rescue footage shown at credits. Best to wait until the movie streams, and then don't watch it then, either. Expand
  2. Sep 19, 2014
    0
    It sure is a movie about...Dolphins...There really isn't to much more to say really. I mean it's like the first one, but they needed to make more money off little girls forcing their families to go watch this train wreck. Expand

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