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Based on 31 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 40 )
  • 75
    Peter Hartlaub San Francisco Chronicle

    Even with the conflict overkill, most of the small moments ring true. Dolphin Tale has more in common with "The Swiss Family Robinson" than most modern live-action family movies, where slapstick and cheap laughs feed short attention spans. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    The story of healing and courage is told with a refreshing lack of cynicism, not surprising since it's from the same producers as the wonderful "My Dog Skip." show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Between the earnest boy, his playful mammal, the film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith is a winning family entertainment. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Most of the family films churned out today are so junky it's almost a shock to find one in which the animals never spout sassy one-liners, or show off their hilarious hip-hop moves. show more

  • 70
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    This true story of a dolphin with a prosthetic tail has been precision engineered for full inspirational, heart-warming value. show more

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Even if Dolphin Tale hits every note square on the nose - or maybe because it does - watching it is surprisingly pleasurable. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Learning of this story, I thought, aw, come on, give me a break. But it turns out the story is not only based on fact, but the actual dolphin involved, named Winter, stars in the movie as herself. Her new tail functions admirably. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The dolphin is, quite simply, remarkable, and the unstated message of resilience and adaptation ripples easily off the screen to the smallest viewers. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    The movie often seems too good to be true, but by the end I wanted a dolphin just like Winter for my own swimming pool. show more

  • 63
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The best of Dolphin Tale takes it easy. Led by Connick and Judd, plus the crucially empathetic Gamble and Zuehlsdorff, the cast includes Kris Kristofferson as the seafaring old salt of a grandpa. The acting has a nice, low-pressure vibe, in contrast to the film's high-pressure peril. show more

  • July 03, 2013 katgold0108
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    I love this movie it is based on a true story and nathan gamble is so hot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • March 25, 2012 qb00000000117785
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    Loved this good, clean, family movie!

  • February 06, 2012 jerry
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    its an amazing movie

  • January 24, 2012 trishboggs
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    wonderful movie i could waych it over and over

  • December 21, 2011 homegurlzfolyf48
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    best movies i cry every time i watch it great movie for the whole family even mt dogs sit n watch it

  • December 01, 2011 Jennifer
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    good movie

  • October 25, 2011 sjelaine
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    very good movie for the family, Winter was a \" Star \" and cute.

  • October 19, 2011 karen
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    b movie

  • October 17, 2011 qe00000000103863
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    Wonderful film for your entire family. I am going to see it again.

  • October 10, 2011 sisterfh
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    Excellent movie! Moving, entertaining and even a little educational.


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