The Big Year
The Big Year (2011)

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson are at a crossroads -- one is experiencing a mid-life crisis, another a late-life crisis, and the third, a far from ordinary no-life crisis. From David Frankel, the director of The Devil Wears Prada… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: October 14, 2011
DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Though made with care and affection for its characters, The Big Year plods along, rarely reaching any comedic heights.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

The result is an offence-free, mild entertainment in which everyone from cast to scriptwriter seems to be winging it.

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Laremy Legel

A very mild movie, but in the nicest sense of the word.

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Roger Moore
Tribune News Service

Faintly amusing, not wacky at all, considering this cast.

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Nick Schager
Village Voice

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.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

What a waste that three of our finest actors are utilized as glorified bit players in such an instantly disposable comedy.

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Eric Melin

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.

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Richard Brody
New Yorker

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.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

The Big Year has charms: Not a jawdropping flock of them, but a number of sweet insights and warm laughs just the same.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

If you can get past the obviously obscure subject matter, you'll find a really sweet film beneath.

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Flixster Audience Score: 40% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Although loaded with talent, top heavy with it in fact, this effort is so lackluster as to very nearly offend you with the waste perpetrated before your eyes.… More
Cynthia S.
I'm not sure what it is about Steve Martin, but I just adore him. He is charming, and funny. I am NOT a fan of Jack Black, for the most part, but I even… More
Bruce Bruce
Wasted My Time ON This One. 1 star 4-22-13
Alexis Nomm
I didn't know what to expect. I love Steve Martin, I will watch anything with him in it. Jack Black on the other hand.. I'm a little more selective.… More
Josh Morris
The Big Year is an amiable, dull film with a star studded and underused cast of fine comedians who are unable to make this worth seeing. It's about bird… More
Manu Gino
Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition. Excellent Film! A very surprising film… More