User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 30 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30

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  1. Aug 27, 2011
    4
    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.
  2. Jun 5, 2011
    10
    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
    10
    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
    10
    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. Nov 10, 2010
    9
    the best family movie ever made since E.T.
Metascore
79

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.