The Big Year Synopsis
Three men take part in a prestigious contest to see who can spot the most bird species in one year.
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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...
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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...
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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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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...
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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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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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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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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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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...
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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...
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This movie had heart!

By nrvana92
I liked that this movie taught 2 valuable lessons that are brought to all people at one time or another.The ability to see someone else that has the same desires and goals and to be non selfish...

The Big Year--Great fun!

By mozartmom
A delightful movie. Interesting characters and very engaging plot. It's nice to see Steve Martin and Jack Black play basically nice, down-to-earth characters in a low-key but still very compelling...

Tells the story of obsessed birders, but with a heart and comedy

By keithbrink
I confess that I love to bird, so I'm a little biased in my review. This is an honest and sometimes funny look at what anyone with a hobby goes through. People pursue their hobby with gusto and...

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By raregoer0204
We really were expecting to see a funny Comedy....but it wasn't. The scenery was beautiful to view, but I would've liked to have seen the birds more clearly, instead of more like in a slide pace. ...

Some what funny.

By rnsmatthews
I wouldn't pay to see it in a theatre if I only knew. One would think with the 3 main actors they would be able to make it funny. I guess we should have ran when the movie attendant taking our...

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By kitbunnell
This was an enjoyable movie about the weird competitive birder culture. Owen Wilson was sort of a bad guy in this one. He gave a good performance, as did Steve Martin and Jack Black. Supporting...

More like the big bore

There were parts of the movie that were remotely funny at best and a few parts that were romantic and cute but for the most part it was very slow moving and boring. I am not a bird watcher but that...

no violence, no zombies, no sex, no drugs, no exploding cars

By patinwy
If you're still reading ..... then you might just love this movie! It's an entertaining story, perfectly cast, has it's twists and turns. There actually are still people who are thrilled by...


By Spngebert
This movie has a great cast. Unfortunately, the vehicle in which they were placed does not wisely use the talent. The conflict in the movie is how many species of birds the characters see in a...

"The Big Year" Review

By seaicilin1963
I believe this was an excellent movie. The characters were believable. The story line also believable. As I sat and watched this movie I felt that this could really be happening to three people...

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Rated PG | For Language and some sensuality
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Sweet travelogue/comedy is tame but not aimed at kids.
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