Dolphin Tale
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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 and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist, the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor, and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As much as it grates, it still manages to warm the cockles."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"That it manages to be not insufferable while still being so predictable is a small tribute to its cast and crew."
‑ Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"It just wants to make you leave the theater in a good mood. It certainly accomplishes that."
‑ Will Leitch, Deadspin
"It's an earnest, sweet film that relies on the extraordinary true story of Winter, the rescued dolphin, and little on manipulative Hollywood tricks."
‑ Rebecca Barry,
"One wonders why the filmmakers felt the need to turn a fascinating true story into a cliche-ridden, formulaic family film."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Plenty of ambition. But the dialogue can be tin-eared, and the comedy has a cater- to-kids quality that sells youngsters short."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"A potentially appealing story about a rescued disabled dolphin gets smothered with inspirational family values guff."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Dolphin Tale, an inspirational tale about a Little Dolphin Who Could, will swim into your heart despite some melodrama and predictability."
‑ Amy Curtis, We Got This Covered
"When I write the "Cookie Awards" in my annual Oscar-season column for the Quad-City Times, I always include this category: Most Embarrassing Crying Spell. There is no question which movie will 'win' the award. I bawled when I watched 'Dolphin Tale.'"
‑ Linda Cook, KWQC-TV (Iowa)
"While some adults may get impatient with it, kids will undoubtedly find it appealing."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Instead of steering toward deep and troubled waters, "Dolphin Tale" jumps through hoops to engage a young audience."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"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."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Middle-of-the-road milquetoast."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"In the hands of actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith, this kid-centric drama provides a welcome family option with positive values and a minimum of frantic, noisy CGI. It's a tale told on a human (and animal) scale."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Inspired by a wonderfully inspiring true story, Dolphin Tale has all the right ingredients for a family movie with adorable dolphins ..and the plucky youngster who plays a major role in the feel-good plot"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
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