75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Between the earnest boy, his playful mammal, the film from actor-turned-director Charles Martin Smith is a winning family entertainment.
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75

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The dolphin is, quite simply, remarkable, and the unstated message of resilience and adaptation ripples easily off the screen to the smallest viewers.
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75

New York Observer

By Rex Reed
The movie often seems too good to be true, but by the end I wanted a dolphin just like Winter for my own swimming pool.
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75

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Even if Dolphin Tale hits every note square on the nose - or maybe because it does - watching it is surprisingly pleasurable.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
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.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The story of healing and courage is told with a refreshing lack of cynicism, not surprising since it's from the same producers as the wonderful "My Dog Skip."
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Even with the conflict overkill, most of the small moments ring true. Dolphin Tale has more in common with "The Swiss Family Robinson" than most modern live-action family movies, where slapstick and cheap laughs feed short attention spans.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
This true story of a dolphin with a prosthetic tail has been precision engineered for full inspirational, heart-warming value.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

While the plot occasionally feels like "Free Willy" without the drama, it's a cute story if you don't mind temporarily trading in your cynicism for a bag of popcorn.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Most of the family films churned out today are so junky it's almost a shock to find one in which the animals never spout sassy one-liners, or show off their hilarious hip-hop moves.
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64 out of 100
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Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.