The Big Year
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The result is an offence-free, mild entertainment in which everyone from cast to scriptwriter seems to be winging it."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word."
‑ Laremy Legel,
"Faintly amusing, not wacky at all, considering this cast."
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"If you go into it not expecting big comedy, "The Big Year" can be an enjoyable diversion for an evening. But it helps if you like nature."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"The opposite of the quiet, contemplative activity ornithology is supposed to be, this may well be the joke, in which case it's the only one."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Failing even to attempt genuinely humorous gags or scenarios, and incapable of conveying the thrill of its obsessive pastime or the majesty of the animals themselves, this feel-good male weepie remains comedically and dramatically grounded."
‑ Nick Schager, Village Voice
"What a waste that three of our finest actors are utilized as glorified bit players in such an instantly disposable comedy."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"The Big Year is completely predictable and full of way too many bird-watching montages set to inspiring music, but it's such an upbeat, cheery film that it's pretty hard to resist."
‑ Eric Melin,
"Frankel and co might have taken a bolder step into the darkly comedic look of the birder's psyche and added more of a gust of air into this film's feathers ..."
‑ Lisa Giles-Keddie,
"A charming little narrative movie that is so amiably ridiculous that you're sure it must have been invented... The three stars bring their most satisfying games, their comedy small and human-scaled rather than broad and slapsticky.."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"Unfortunately, these comic geniuses are kept caged by the wan script and direction. The best gag in the film is the opening title card; the best joke, a throwaway by a day player."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"The Big Year has charms: Not a jawdropping flock of them, but a number of sweet insights and warm laughs just the same."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"If you can get past the obviously obscure subject matter, you'll find a really sweet film beneath."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"If you are stuck in a rut and really want to follow your dreams, try this gentle, light-hearted comedy."
‑ Graham Young, Birmingham Post
"A comedy with fewer laughs than measles."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Mirror [UK]
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