The Day of the Dolphin
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Director Mike Nichols and screenwriter Buck Henry team up again (after collaborating on The Graduate and Catch-22) for this adaptation of Robert Merle's best-selling adventure novel concerning dolphins who become pawns in a plot to kill the president. George C. Scott plays Dr. Jake Terrell, a researcher who, along with his wife Maggie (Trish Van Devere), is investigating dolphin intelligence, believing they have the capability of speech. Harold DeMilo (Fritz Weaver), in charge of a major corporation, sponsors their work. But undercover work by government agent Curtis Mahoney (Paul Sorvino)… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A rare and regrettably uneven combination of ideas and action."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Tries so hard not to be a conventional science-fiction thriller that it fails, alas, to be anything."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A less stone-faced than usual Scott kept up with the frolicking dolphins in the acting department."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Jake told us kids that what we always suspected was true: the summer of love was dead, long live the summer of the shark."
‑ Erich Kuersten, PopMatters
"A bizarre and often ridiculous attempt to merge documentary, suspense and comedy."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A disappointing adaptation of the best-selling novel, neither satisfying as thriller or as adventure."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Depois da proeza de conseguir fazer com que acreditemos em sua premissa absurda (um golfinho falante), o filme se rende a uma trama ˇbvia e repleta de clichŕs."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Is it all a gag?"
‑ Christopher Null,
"Some of the cloak-and-dagger stuff that follows is so awkwardly staged that it's difficult to know whether the simplicity was designed for youngsters or as parody."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"The screenplay chooses some poor times to relieve tension, and the jokes fall flat."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"As a cinematic time capsule to a goofier era, it kinda works."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Apollo Guide
"A hugely expensive misfire."
‑ , Film4
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