The Day of the Dolphin
The Day of the Dolphin (1973)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 19, 1973
DVD Release Date: July 29, 2003
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Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

What is left, besides a lot of pretty dolphin footage, is some bad intercollegiate-revue satire, a shadow of Sea Hunt, and a calculated sentimentality that evokes memories of Lassie Come Home.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

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.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

This movie might be accused of lacking any real sense of porpoise but Georges Delerue's score is a high point.

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Variety Staff

A rare and regrettably uneven combination of ideas and action.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Tries so hard not to be a conventional science-fiction thriller that it fails, alas, to be anything.

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Emanuel Levy

A disappointing adaptation of the best-selling novel, neither satisfying as thriller or as adventure.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

A bizarre and often ridiculous attempt to merge documentary, suspense and comedy.

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Christopher Hudson
The Spectator

Very disappointing.

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TV Guide

The screenplay chooses some poor times to relieve tension, and the jokes fall flat.

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Caesar Mendez
The movie taglines says "Unwittingly he trained a Dolphin to kill the president of the United States" and so naturally I sat down to watch it. With a… More
Stephen Earnest
Being as its plot is centered on talking dolphins that are unknowingly trained to assassinate the president, you'd think that "The Day of the… More