'The Big Year' Critic Reviews

82%
MovieWeb:   1 reviews
40%
Rotten Tomatoes:   106 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    59
    The characters are just as two-dimensional as they sound, but damned if Wilson, Martin, and Black don't make those dimensions pop.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Like birding itself, "The Big Year" rewards patience. It respects both the integrity and the eccentricity of the avian obsession, and it communicates something of the fascinating abundance and weirdness of the animals themselves.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Andrew Pulver Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    20
    It's theoretically possible for laughs to be gouged out of this scenario, but you won't find them here: every move, every joke, every emotion is heaved lumberingly into place.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    This gently charming comedy about a trio of birders is based on a winning premise, likable performances and stunning natural vistas.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ann Hornaday Washington Post (Top Critic)
    50
    "The Big Year" has heart and sweetness to spare - but as any birder will tell you, focus and energy count, too.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Ty Burr Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    Black tamps down the runty obnoxiousness, Wilson the Malibu smarm, Martin the pandering. They're good company. So, in its fubsy way, is the movie.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Nick Schager Village Voice (Top Critic)
    Failing even to attempt genuinely humorous gags or scenarios, and incapable of conveying the thrill of its obsessive pastime or the majesty of the animals themselves, this feel-good male weepie remains comedically and dramatically grounded.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    60
    A genial comedy with more power under its wings than it seems. This one could have flown over the cuckoo's nest, or smacked into a glass pane, but instead lands in the middle of the road where quirky and popular meet.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    60
    Its charms are as small as its singing feathered friends, but they're real enough, and gentle enough, to lift it and give it flight.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lisa Kennedy Denver Post (Top Critic)
    63
    The Big Year has charms: Not a jawdropping flock of them, but a number of sweet insights and warm laughs just the same.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Glenn Kenny MSN Movies (Top Critic)
    70
    ...it's a genuinely engaging and amiable film that convincingly brings the viewer into a world that is very likely not his own
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Richard Brody New Yorker (Top Critic)
    Unfortunately, these comic geniuses are kept caged by the wan script and direction. The best gag in the film is the opening title card; the best joke, a throwaway by a day player.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    [It] has an innocence and charm that will make it appealing for families, especially those who have had enough whales and dolphins for the year.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    It has barely enough pulse to power a hummingbird.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    With ambitions greater than comedy and results that fall short of character study, The Big Year is neither fish nor fowl.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    25
    You doubt that even the people making it enjoyed it. A better title would be "The Big Yawn."
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    34
    People watching birds is a nice thing. People watching a movie about people watching birds is sort of a snore.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    You get something you don't anticipate -- and that's not a bad thing.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Rex Reed New York Observer (Top Critic)
    50
    The most inviting thing in the movie was the exit door.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Brian Lowry Variety (Top Critic)
    A genial if slow-moving, almost sleepy comedy.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    This movie stubbornly refuses to take flight, or generate more than a few chuckles.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    63
    Frankel is blessed with this cast and a subject that seems ripe for mockery, or at least gentle lampooning. But he never lands big laughs, just grins and giggles.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    All of these featherheads - both the avian and human kind - are lovable. Even better, they're funny, in a comedy that doesn't have to swoop to conquer.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Laremy Legel Film.com (Top Critic)
    67
    A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word.
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Joe Baltake Passionate Moviegoer (Top Critic)
    David Frankel's 'The Big Year': 'There is no there there'
    Full Review » 3 years ago
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