Dolphin Tale
Dolphin Tale (2011)

Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 20, 2011
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82%
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81%



Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wisely dialing down the schmaltz, Dolphin Tale is earnest, sweet, and well-told, a rare family film that both kids and parents can enjoy.

Derek Adams
Time Out

As much as it grates, it still manages to warm the cockles.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

That it manages to be not insufferable while still being so predictable is a small tribute to its cast and crew.

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Will Leitch
Deadspin

It just wants to make you leave the theater in a good mood. It certainly accomplishes that.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

Plenty of ambition. But the dialogue can be tin-eared, and the comedy has a cater- to-kids quality that sells youngsters short.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A potentially appealing story about a rescued disabled dolphin gets smothered with inspirational family values guff.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

Dolphin Tale, an inspirational tale about a Little Dolphin Who Could, will swim into your heart despite some melodrama and predictability.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Instead of steering toward deep and troubled waters, "Dolphin Tale" jumps through hoops to engage a young audience.

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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.

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Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

Middle-of-the-road milquetoast.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Anthony Lawrie
At the heart of Dolphin Tale there is a wonderful story, more so if it is in fact as true as it claims. The actors were all on good form and reasonably well… More
Everett Johnson
Starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman, "Dolphin Tale" is exactly what you would expect. It's a movie about a boy(Nathan… More
Manu Gino
Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter Good inspirational movie!I highly recommend this movie for any family, especially anyone with a disability. And… More
danny d
animal films are usually terrible, but 2011 has had a short stack of very good ones and this is one of them. the heart works well, the plot moves quickly… More
Bobby Hobbs
This movie seemed a bit like this generations, 'Free Willy', I caught a lot of the same ideas and overall family friendly feel in it. Of course, this… More
Jim Careter
Dolphin Tale 3D is a sweet and kind film that is very hard to dislike. The story is about the true story of a young boy who becomes best friends with a dolphin… More