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, Film.com
"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, Scene-Stealers.com
"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, Real.com
"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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