Dolphin Tale
Dolphin Tale (2011)

Dolphin Tale is inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who banded together to save her life. Swimming free, a young dolphin is caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. She is rescued… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 23, 2011
DVD Release Date: December 20, 2011
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wisely dialing down the schmaltz, Dolphin Tale is earnest, sweet, and well-told, a rare family film that both kids and parents can enjoy.

Derek Adams
Time Out

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

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

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

Francesca Rudkin
New Zealand Herald

Emotionally manipulative, this film will probably reduce you to tears but in a jolly, uplifting kind of way.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

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

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Will Leitch

It just wants to make you leave the theater in a good mood. It certainly accomplishes that.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Amy Curtis
We Got This Covered

Dolphin Tale, an inspirational tale about a Little Dolphin Who Could, will swim into your heart despite some melodrama and predictability.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Manu Gino
Inspired by the amazing true story of Winter Good inspirational movie!I highly recommend this movie for any family, especially anyone with a disability. And… More
danny d
animal films are usually terrible, but 2011 has had a short stack of very good ones and this is one of them. the heart works well, the plot moves quickly… More
Bobby Hobbs
This movie seemed a bit like this generations, 'Free Willy', I caught a lot of the same ideas and overall family friendly feel in it. Of course, this… More
Jim Careter
Dolphin Tale 3D is a sweet and kind film that is very hard to dislike. The story is about the true story of a young boy who becomes best friends with a dolphin… More
Everett Johnson
Starring Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Morgan Freeman, "Dolphin Tale" is exactly what you would expect. It's a movie about a boy(Nathan… More
Cynthia S.
Wonderful. Heartwarming. Everything that I expected it to be...and then some.