Big Miracle Synopsis
A reporter and his ex-girlfriend try to rally international forces to rescue ice-trapped whales.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Very touching story with fabulous views of Alaska!

By rebecca m
Living in Alaska while this movie was filmed, I was not really sure what to expect when we hit the movie theater this weekend. The landscape just makes you want to experience our great big state! The...

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By Chrisap
Enjoyed the movie. Took my 9 and 5 year old grand daughters who also enjoyed it. Good story line and we all love something with mammals or sea life right? Like Drew Barrymore and Ted Danson so...

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By popcorn55
I took my grandkids to see this movie. They loved it. It had a couple of sad scences but overall it was a good movie for the family to see!...

Great movie!

By GregCain73
This was a great movie! I enjoyed it, it was a very touching true story that took place in the late 1980's, great decade lots of things got started in this decade. Two great actors Drew Berrymore,...

Great movie, but a little long

By wolfpacleader1986
I am a HUGE fan of "feel-good" movies and this movie is right up there with the rest of them. To me, this was a modern day "Free Willy", but based in fact. It is at the center, a love story,...

Loved it!

By susswda
Great movie! Heart warming and good for all ages. Nthe kids loved it too!...

Better than my expectations

By 3kuehls
I took my kids age 8 and 10 and everyone enjoyed the movie. By the end I was really getting caught up in saving the whales (even knowing the ending). Good family choice....

Loved it!

By DeleneSC
My husband and I really liked the film. The acting was excellent and a few actors I didn't know were in the film turned it wonderful performances. The cinematography was beautiful, and since this...

A sure crowd pleaser

By jwfblues
This is one of those movies that inspires people to applaud at the end. Heartwarming, tear jerking, well performed, compelling- an overall, with few exceptions- feel good story that just about...

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By Lece712
Even if you didn't know the true story that inspired it it was a very good story to follow if not a bit predictable. Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski are both really good. I took my 4 year old and...

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Rated PG | For Language
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Animal-rescue tale has one death but otherwise OK for kids.
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