Dolphin Tale 3D Synopsis
A marine biologist, a prosthetics designer and a boy try to save a dolphin who lost her tail.

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Critic Ratings


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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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...
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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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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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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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,...
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Dolphin Tale

By Sammy3165
The critics who dissed this movie just don't get it. I feel really sorry for anyone who saw this heartwarming film and wasn't touched by the humanity and goodness that shines through. This is one of...

Dolphin Tale is a must see movie for the whole family!

By letsseenow
This movie is a true story and will restore your faith in mankind. If you're faint of heart with movies like this, don't worry. The scenes where the dolphin is injured are not too graphic, and it's...

very beautiful storyline

By buzzi23
A must see with the entire family! A very touching story that will make you want to drive to Clearwater to see Winter....

Amazing Movie

By Marieskisses
This movie was amazing. At the end of the movie the entire theater was cheering and applauding. Must see movie for all ages. Makes me want to pile the kids in the car and drive to Clearwater....

Great movie for Tweens

By Ms Huber
Uplifting and motivating, this movie was great for me and my 10 year old daughter!...

Living fully

By nestorsch1
My daughter is so excited she wants to travel to Clearwater to meet Winter, the tale-less dolphin. Very nice analogy to VA and other handicap, real life matters and how even in the worst of...

Dolphin Tale 3D

By simplymystified
Great movie-and the 3D effect was enjoyable as well. The movie is somewhat slow paced; don’t expect to see any action here whatsoever. Nevertheless, it was nice to be able to watch a suitable non...

Dolphin tale 3D

By kailedy
Great family movie, being it's a true story makes it even better! I and my 2 daughters , age 11 & 12, and my niece , age 7, all really enjoyed this movie....

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Dolphin Tale

By Funky_Flixster
This was an excellent movie. Actors were genuine and believeable. We hit on every emotion and left the theatre feeling good inside. No cuss words. It was a little long for my 5 year old grandson but...

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Rated PG | For Some mild thematic elements
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Heartwarming tale is sweet, inspiring for kids and tweens.
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