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2011 3.0/5 IMDb 6.9/10 (18k) PG SuperHD 112 minutes

After losing its tail to a crab trap, a young dolphin is given a new life through the efforts of the humans who save it in this true-life adventure.

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Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Morgan Freeman, Nathan Gamble, Kris Kristofferson, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell, Frances Sternhagen, Austin Highsmith, Betsy Landin Directed by Charles Martin Smith

Children & Family Movies, Movies for ages 8 to 10, Movies for ages 11 to 12, Movies based on children's books, Family Features, Family Dramas, Animal Tales, Dramas, Dramas based on Books


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NYT Review: Finding a New Tail for Winter

Morgan Freeman and Nathan Gamble star in “Dolphin Tale,” a film inspired by an actual dolphin rescue. — Neil Genzlinger Read the review

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As much as it grates, it still manages to warm the cockles.

Derek Adams, Time Out, 2011-10-11


That it manages to be not insufferable while still being so predictable is a small tribute to its cast and crew.

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger, 2011-09-23


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, or show off their hilarious hip-hop moves.

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News, 2011-09-23


Effective as the movie is, it nevertheless left me slightly put off.

Kyle Smith, New York Post, 2011-09-23


A heartwarmingly hokey and accessible production.

Sean O'Connell, Washington Post, 2011-09-23


Dolphin Tale is a reasonably well-made and likable story about the courageous efforts of a small, determined band of people who come to the rescue of a badly injured sea creature.

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star, 2011-09-23


This is not only kid-friendly fare, but a lovely family movie.

Claudia Puig, USA Today, 2011-09-22


Gamble's rapport with his finned costar is so touching that the movie works anyway.

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, 2011-09-22


It gives young audiences credit for having patience and imagination, and rewards them with an engaging narrative.

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle, 2011-09-22


The cast is delightful, the story corny without being cloyingly high-fructose, the direction first-rate.

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2011-09-22


A lively, winning family movie starring the very sea mammal at the center of a true story that inspired this film.

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times, 2011-09-22


It may not be a great movie, but it is an exceptionally touching one.

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 2011-09-22


The result is an excellent family film - maybe not up to 1996's "Fly Away Home'' in the kid-helps-wildlife genre but eye-opening and heartwarming and sensibility-expanding all the same.

Ty Burr, Boston Globe, 2011-09-22


It's rudimentary and even a little clumsy in its filmmaking technique (not a small matter), but there's some narrative ambition, at least...

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune, 2011-09-22


Kids are going to eat this up. Given what a dismal year it's been for the family film, it's likely their parents will, too.

Mary F. Pols, TIME Magazine, 2011-09-22


Plenty of ambition. But the dialogue can be tin-eared, and the comedy has a cater- to-kids quality that sells youngsters short.

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 2011-09-23


Instead of steering toward deep and troubled waters, "Dolphin Tale" jumps through hoops to engage a young audience.

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 2011-09-23


A potentially appealing story about a rescued disabled dolphin gets smothered with inspirational family values guff.

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail, 2011-09-23


Accompanying grown-ups or older siblings will have to choke down a sizable dose of schmaltz with their fish milkshakes.

Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, 2011-09-22


Freeman is clearly enjoying himself, but his mega-watt presence and some unnecessary 3D are just about the only things separating Dolphin Tale from an Animal Planet original movie.

Nathan Rabin, AV Club, 2011-09-22