Boston Globe

By Janice Page
It needs only to entertain. And that it does thoroughly, leaving us both charmed and enriched without feeling very preached at. Praise be.
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Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Big Miracle even throws in an unexpected bonus, a surprise last-minute cameo that is funny without being the slightest bit mean, just like the rest of this hugely likable movie.
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By Ella Taylor
Big Miracle is a family movie fitted with the usual appeals to multiple audiences, and though tots, teens and younger parents might find the action a little slow until the rescue pressure builds, the grandparents will enjoy it as a trip down media memory lane.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Big Miracle is not the most sophisticated adventure film, but compared with most family movies, it's practically something out of Noel Coward.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
It's the affable cast, headed by Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, that really makes the picture so widely accessible.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
But there's so much going on in Big Miracle that the biggest miracle of all – the whales at the center of the story, get lost amid all the criss-crossing love stories, political wheeler-dealing and well-intentioned but inadequate rescue missions.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
The genuinely sweet nature of this sometimes clunky movie is mixed with a little sass, and wins you over.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Big Miracle is harmless enough, but what's annoying about it is its aura of fake activism. The movie doesn't seem to get that it's exactly when the news media began to devote more time to subjects like whales that it started to turn into news not for activists but for couch potatoes.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
It's certainly a worthy saga. But given the abundance of one-dimensional human portrayals, it becomes apparent that a documentary on the subject might have been more powerful.
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61 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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