Free Willy
Free Willy (1993)

The touching story of a boy and his killer whale made this family drama a surprise box office hit. Jesse (Jason James Richter) is a kid without parents who has bounced from one foster home to another and is living on the streets. One night,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 16, 1993
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2001
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Critic Score: 57% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

A wayward boy befriends a moody killer whale.

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John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)


Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

A good family picture that does not get too sweet; worth a look.

Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Save the whale! Still a good family film with a great Michael Jackson title song.

Stefan Birgir Stefansson

Keiko sure knows how to jump

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Free Willy focuses on the friendship between a troubled 12-year-old boy and an orca at an adventure park. It will appeal tremendously to all "friends of nature," a term coined by Albert Schweitzer.

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Clint Morris

Good family flick

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gooey pap that drowns in its own phoniness.

John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

...many adults will find it too blatantly manipulative, but all the same it is decent, lightweight, juvenile entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 49% Flixster User Reviews
Directors Cat
[img][/img] The story is pretty cute and entirely inspirational but it's not that… More
Aj V
Not your ordinary kid and animal movie, it's also an activist/political movie. It's about saving the whales, obviously, and that's cool. I… More
Alex roy
Free Willy is a decent family film. I remember liking it as a kid, but it's one of those family films that doesn't really age well. I can think of… More
Conner Rainwater
I've got to say that this will always be a classic in my book. I really like the story and the overall feel of the movie. It's not just a trivial boy… More
Bethany Murphy
Makes me cry everytime! A childhood favourite and a classic!
Unknown Hobo
Scariest stuff out there.