Free Willy Synopsis
A boy (Jason James Richter) befriends a killer whale at a water park.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Free Willy (for some strange reason, that tiny imperative just gives me the giggles) is a family picture that stays safely within the haven...
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100

Variety

By Leonard Klady
An astute, intelligent family picture, the film is a potent reminder that you can have your heart in the right place and still produce a...
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90

Los Angeles Times

By Michael Wilmington
There's a muscular sincerity to this movie, a power and spread to its imagery that triumphs over the occasional candied purple patches or...
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The movie is sure to be appealing to younger viewers (they may find it more accessible and certainly less frightening than "Jurassic Park"),...
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
It's an irony too significant to ignore that the movie, which proselytizes against penning up whales in order to make them do cute tricks...
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63

TV Guide

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Shamelessly manipulative and heavyhanded, it may be an endurance test for those not absolutely entranced by large aquatic mammals.
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63

USA Today

By Mike Clark
The film does what it can to dramatize the bond, but Richter has a disproportionate acting load because his co-star's emoting is below the...
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63

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
This is one of those unusual films that is capable of enthralling those under twelve while not sending older members of the audience...
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60

Empire

Despite a cliched plot and some ropey performances, this is still a well-made and entertaining children's film.
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50

Austin Chronicle

By Marjorie Baumgarten
It's all pretty involving and sweetly ingratiating in a Charlotte's Web-by kind of way.
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Free Willy Movie Review

By Spencer27057
88 out of 100 It will touch your heart, make you laugh at one point of the movie and you will be wowed once you finish the movie....

OMG

By alexa523
OMG,So freaking good!!! OMG!!! Must go!!! Me and my BFF Alicia went to see it and by the end all the popcorn was gone from tense moments ( me and alicia eat when we're afraid ) the Diet Pepsi we had...

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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ A wayward boy befriends a moody killer whale.
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