Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale

(2011)

Family drama based on the true story of Winter, a bottlenose dolphin who lost her tail in a crab trap and is rescued by Florida's Clearwater Marine Aquarium. The real Winter plays herself in the movie, co-starring with Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Harry Connick Jr. and Kris Kristofferson.... More

"Without her tail, Winter's prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist (Connick Jr.), the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor (Freeman), and the unwavering devotion of a young boy to bring about a groundbreaking miracle." (Source: Official Synopsis).Hide

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Dolphin Tale is an old-fashioned pledge for your heart strings that feels like something Disney might have put out in the ‘80s. Slick, nicely paced and well-acted, it’s an earnest, sweet film that relies on the extraordinary true story of Winter, the rescued dolphin, and little on manipulative Hollywood tricks.... More

Which is why it’s weird it’s in 3D. Other than a few dreamy underwater shots, and a brief chase scene with a wayward pelican, the extra dimension does extremely little to elevate the experience. Why bother when the story is as heart-warming as this? Are kids really that fickle?

It’s rare to find a film based on a true story – much less one as emotive as this – that doesn’t stoop to sentimentality. Yet Dolphin Tale has plenty to say about friendship, love, loss, disappointment, compassion, positivity, tenacity, triumph over adversity, even prosthetics technology... without shoving it down your throat. In fact, it could just be the perfect family flick to come out in time for summer. You’d be hard pressed to find a kid who wouldn’t want to swap places with Winter’s best friend, Sawyer, played by the very capable Nathan Gamble. Harry Connick Jr, Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman also rise to the occasion, even if much of their input you’ll be able to spot coming from the other side of the marine centre. Even with those silly glasses on.Hide


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BY POPSY nobody

Took my seven year old daughter and we both loved this movie. Loved watching the marine animals and a great heart warming story.


BY CSBright superstar

i watched it i was entertaned it was worth watching a doog lhr and 53mins spent go see it


The Press Reviews

82% of critics recommend.
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  • Dolphin Tale is as casual as a pleasant afternoon nap and about as substantive. Full Review

  • 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. Full Review

  • A good shout if your kids like this sort of thing, otherwise best head to your local aquarium. Full Review

  • There's never any doubt the boy will find redemption in the beast, but Dolphin Tale deserves credit for sidestepping into darker waters: Sawyer's cousin returns from Iraq severely injured and depressed, though there's a grim inevitability about the fact he, too, is rehabilitated by the dolphin. Full Review

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

  • Pitched awfully young, without a shred of the satire or subtlety that is generally found in films aimed at tweeners and above. That's not a bad thing; it just means accompanying grown-ups or older siblings will have to choke down a sizable dose of schmaltz with their fish milkshakes. Full Review

  • An eccentric Morgan Freeman (as a prosthetics designer) counterpoints the schmaltz in a film as slick, charming and eager-to-please as a SeaWorld cetacean. Full Review

  • Though garnished with some heavy dollops of cheese, Dolphin Tale is a surprisingly solid, earnest family picture. Full Review

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