75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The Big Year is getting the enthusiastic support of the Audubon Society, and has an innocence and charm that will make it appealing for families, especially those who have had enough whales and dolphins for the year.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Todd McCarthy
The uniformly winning cast, led by Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, and the ultra-accessible touch provided by director David Frankel provide for a constant steam of gentle mirth, if not huge laughs.
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70

Movieline

Genial and mild, The Big Year doesn't give in to the temptation to juice up its story with outsized caricatures or inflated dramas.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The more I sat through it, the more it won me over in its very benign high-concept way. It's like "City Slickers" remade for the Discovery Channel.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
With ambitions greater than comedy and results that fall short of character study, The Big Year is neither fish nor fowl.
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63

Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
What this film from the director of "The Devil Wears Prada" does manage is a gentle amiability.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Inspired by Mark Obmascik's book, the tale focuses on universal themes of pursuing a dream and tapping into an adventurous spirit.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
If anything, The Big Year plays like Ron Howard's "Parenthood'' with birds instead of children.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
This one could have flown over the cuckoo's nest, or smacked into a glass pane, but instead lands in the middle of the road where quirky and popular meet.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
Those who should go near The Big Year, if not flock to it, are fans of avians, mild PG comedy and gorgeously shot travel footage dotted with humans.
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53 out of 100
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