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Dolphin Tale Synopsis
A marine biologist, a prosthetics doctor and a boy try to save a dolphin who lost her tail.
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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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Heart-warming family film

By GrammyMelody
This was one of the best family movie's I've seen in a long time. I took my grandson on his 5th birthday--some parts of it were a little slow for him but he said he loved it & was able to tell his...


By steelersbrowns
LOVED IT! Perfect family sexual references or innuendos, no adult-only humor, no foul language. What a sweet story and the best part was that it's based on a true story. We've seen the...

Great Family Movie

By lzajane
We need more decent movies like this in the threatre. Most movies have lanuage, sex & violence in it but this movie was AWESOME!!! Great kids friendly especially if they are into animlas etc.....

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By Ms C
This movie has everything to keep your interest. Both young and old will enjoy this movie and make you think before throwing things in our waterways. Go support your local Aquariums! This is a five...

Heartwarming Inspirational Wonderful Family Friendly Movie

By hawaii888
This is a true story that is an excellent family friendly movie. This movie will make you laugh, make you cry and make you stand up at the end and cheer for the amazing Winter!!! My family has seen...

Nice Story

By shaunbek
Do your tear ducts need a workout? If so, this is the place for you. Very touching for those who don't mind a little sticky-sweet once in a while....

Great family movie!

By Amymo6
We took our two daughters, ages 10 and 11 along with their friends ages ranging from 5 to 11. All of us loved the movie. It has a positive message and was very entertaining. Harry Connick Jr. was...

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By TBreaux200
The film was great and my 7 year old son learned that in spite of what you have to face in life that you can overcome anything....

Feel -good movie

By Philly_fan
I took my seven year old granddaughter to see this for her birthday. We both enjoyed the movie very much. Definitely a family movie for all ages....

nice movie

By danielea
I loved the movie. I brought my 4 and 8 year old. My 8 year old (girl) caught on quickly and loved it. She's an animal lover anyway. My 4 year old was restless and paid more attention to the popcorn....

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