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Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33

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  1. Nov 10, 2010
    the best family movie ever made since E.T.
  2. Jun 5, 2011
    The best family film ever made that you can watch again and again and it never gets old! They don't ake movies like this anymore, long live Free Willy!
  3. Jun 5, 2011
    Brilliant, just brilliant! Amazing, this is a real family favorite and can be watched by everyone, no one dislikes this film! An amazing sense of adventure that will have you on the edge of your seat and falling in love all over again and again! 10 OUT OF 10! BRILLIANT!
  4. May 31, 2011
    This is one of the greatest movies to ever watch. Simply breathtaking. Jason James Richter is an amazing actor and Keiko the whale is a true gem. This is a movie that every person in the world has to watch...
  5. Aug 27, 2011
    As bland as nineties rip-offs of E.T. could get, Free Willy copies that classic down to the smallest detail, but the bond is never felt between the boy and the whale, instead coming across as assembly mind fodder.
  6. May 20, 2014
    This movie is epic in so many ways.

    A story of a boy abandoned by his mother, struggling in the world, and the story of a whale captured from the sea mix together perfectly.

    There is a genuine, pure feeling in the story, and the acting is natural and quite superb. The feelings are conveyed from the screen to the viewer without obstacles, and although I'm sure this film is filled with
    clichés and typical characters, it still manages to hold all the important pieces together.

    The plot itself moves at a steady pace, making us wait for a bit for the eventual good stuff - the fast friendship between Jesse and Willy the whale - but it doesn't drag its feet too much.

    All in all a prefect, touching family film to be watched again and again.

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. How each frees the other is the stuff of Free Willy, which is as engaging as such films can be without offering rude surprises.
  2. There are extremely touching moments between Jesse and mystical Randolph, who seems to understand just about everything; and, more tellingly, between Jesse and mechanic Jim.
  3. 90
    Actually, the film's more serious side is beautifully balanced by the joy we experience as both Jesse and Willy come into their own.