Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale

Dolphin Tale

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.

"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).

2011Rating: PG, contains coarse language113 minsUSA
DramaKids & Family
83%
want to see

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Reviews & comments

Great movie

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

5.0

preety good

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

5.0
Variety

Variety

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Dolphin Tale is as casual as a pleasant afternoon nap and about as substantive.

Variety

Variety

press

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

Total Film

Total Film

press

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.

3.0
The New York Times

The New York Times

press

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.

The Guardian

The Guardian

press

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.

3.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

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.

Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

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

Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

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

3.0
A.V. Club

A.V. Club

press

Dolphin Tale is as casual as a pleasant afternoon nap and about as substantive.

Great movie

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

5.0

preety good

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

5.0