'Big Miracle' Critic Reviews

90%
MovieWeb:   3 reviews
74%
Rotten Tomatoes:   102 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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  • Rachel Saltz New York Times (Top Critic)
    60
    "Big Miracle" gets off to a shaky start, but once revved up, it becomes an involving work-against-the-clock-and-the-odds action movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    It is a laborious, sentimental drama featuring a self-parodic performance from Drew Barrymore, based on a TV news event that briefly gripped the US in 1988.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    50
    Given the abundance of one-dimensional human portrayals, it becomes apparent that a documentary on the subject might have been more powerful.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Stephanie Merry Washington Post (Top Critic)
    63
    Cold War-era bonding over whales? It would sound utterly absurd if it weren't based on fact. And that's part of what makes this movie fun for adults.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Janice Page Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    It needs only to entertain. And that it does thoroughly, leaving us both charmed and enriched without feeling very preached at. Praise be.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Melissa Anderson Village Voice (Top Critic)
    While rooting for the marine mammals (and wishing for more footage of them-and even of their animatronic incarnations), your heart will also go out to the cast, stuck even more pitiably in syrupy manufactured crises.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    The genuinely sweet nature of this sometimes clunky movie is mixed with a little sass, and wins you over.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    Political cynicism, media opportunism, dogmatic native traditions, corporate greed and environmentalist stubbornness are each, in turn, dashed against this sunny confection.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    If you think it's absolutely not your kind of thing, you might be surprised.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nell Minow Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Keeps the film from getting too cluttered by with performances that give us an instant connection to the humans literally trying to save the whales.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    "Big Miracle" tells its sort-of-true version of events in a democratic and humane fashion, by way of a rangy, lively group of competing interests who actually do on occasion act like real people.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    "Big Miracle" shouldn't really work, but it does.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    It is a whale of a comic tale, if also one overly crowded with characters and incidents.
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  • Joe Baltake Passionate Moviegoer (Top Critic)
    Ken Kwapis' 'Big MIracle': Defiantly old-fashioned, in a 1950s way, and impressively untrendy
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  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Big Miracle is not one of those whale tales that leaves the audience blubbering, but it's open to the allure of the imposing creatures, which resemble long boulders that have come to life.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    63
    Like a whale itself, "Big Miracle" is large and unwieldy -- but it also has its moments of splendor.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mary F. Pols TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    There may not be a second of say, Whale Rider's lyricism (that's still the best whale movie out there), but this energetic family movie is less insipid than it looks.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • James Luxford The National
    60
    There are more subtle movies out there, but few more uplifting.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Mark Pfeiffer Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
    67
    Big Miracle is invested with solid craftsmanship and a nuanced view of how idealism, pragmatism, and politics intersect.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Linda Cook Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
    88
    This is, well, huge.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Roger Moore McClatchy-Tribune News Service
    100
    Political cynicism, media opportunism, dogmatic native traditions, corporate greed and environmentalist stubbornness are each, in turn, dashed against this sunny confection.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Andrea Chase Killer Movie Reviews
    80
    funny, tear jerking, smart, and not a little subversive with a few well-place jabs at unexpectedly deserving parties as well as a few kudos in a few surprising places
    Full Review » 3 years ago