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Big Miracle

Biography . Romance . Drama . Adventure

Based on an inspiring true story, a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. ‘Big Miracle’ is adapted from the nonfiction book ‘Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event’ by Tom Rose.

Actors: Ted Danson , Dermot Mulroney , Vinessa Shaw , Kristen Bell , John Krasinski , Drew Barrymore , Ishmael Angalook Hope , John Chase , Ahmaogak Sweeney , John Pingayak , John Michael Higgins , Stephen Root , Tim Blake Nelson , Kathy Baker
Directors: Ken Kwapis
Country: USA , UK
Release: 2012-02-03
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  • Ella Taylor

    Big Miracle is a family movie fitted with the usual appeals to multiple audiences, and though tots, teens and younger parents might find the action a little slow until the rescue pressure builds, the grandparents will enjoy it as a trip down media memory lane.

    NPR Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    It's an exciting, charming and often quite funny family film.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    It's a screwball comedy, with a possible debt to Preston Sturges's 1942 film, "The Miracle of Morgan Creek," a movie inspired by the Dionne quintuplets, and similarly set in a small town turned upside down by media and political showboating.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Big Miracle is not the most sophisticated adventure film, but compared with most family movies, it's practically something out of Noel Coward.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Big Miracle tells its sort-of-true version of events in a democratic and humane fashion, by way of a rangy, lively group of competing interests who actually do on occasion act like real people.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Janice Page

    It needs only to entertain. And that it does thoroughly, leaving us both charmed and enriched without feeling very preached at. Praise be.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Big Miracle even throws in an unexpected bonus, a surprise last-minute cameo that is funny without being the slightest bit mean, just like the rest of this hugely likable movie.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    Rounded, redemptive and refreshingly free of cynicism.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Kwapis fills small roles with great character actors like Stephen Root, Andrew Daly, Kathy Baker, Tim Blake Nelson, John Michael Higgins, Rob Riggle, and James LeGros, all skilled at making a lot out of a little.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Rachel Saltz

    Big Miracle gets off to a shaky start, but once revved up, it becomes an involving work-against-the-clock-and-the-odds action movie.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • There may be no role Barrymore is better suited to than that of sanctimonious environmentalist.

    Time Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    This family-friendly outing captures the story's human snowball effect with a measure of sly, satirical wit, if also an excess of boilerplate subplots and jokey '80s details.

    Variety Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    It's the affable cast, headed by Drew Barrymore and John Krasinski, that really makes the picture so widely accessible.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    Big Miracle is all formula, but with just enough savvy to temper the gentle-spiritedness and qualify it as that rare family film with an emotional manipulativeness that doesn't leave a sick slick in the mouth.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    But there's so much going on in Big Miracle that the biggest miracle of all – the whales at the center of the story, get lost amid all the criss-crossing love stories, political wheeler-dealing and well-intentioned but inadequate rescue missions.

    Movieline Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    What Kwapis does do, however, is nicely handle the film's whale of an emotional payoff.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    As the minutes tick down, the sentimentality picks up. But chalk that up to the enigmatic creatures, which grab hold of human hearts no matter one's politics or affiliations. Whales just have a way of bringing people together.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Pete Hammond

    Inspiring, real and heartwarming, Big Miracle is something of a miracle itself - a family film everyone in the family can love that doesn't talk down to its audience and makes more salient political points than "Free Willy" or "Dolphin Tale."

    Boxoffice Magazine Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    The genuinely sweet nature of this sometimes clunky movie is mixed with a little sass, and wins you over.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Big Miracle is harmless enough, but what's annoying about it is its aura of fake activism. The movie doesn't seem to get that it's exactly when the news media began to devote more time to subjects like whales that it started to turn into news not for activists but for couch potatoes.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    The film bulldozes any genuine nuance or insight or even emotion in exchange for ready-made plot points and by-the-numbers catharsis.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    It's certainly a worthy saga. But given the abundance of one-dimensional human portrayals, it becomes apparent that a documentary on the subject might have been more powerful.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    There are too many convenient romances, trumped-up crises and reversals of conscience to clear up while those poor whales suffer. Big Miracle isn't an entirely bad movie but a wholly misguided one.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Andy Klein

    Stephen Root, Ted Danson, Dermot Mulroney, and other familiar faces lend their support, but it's not enough to overcome the limp, by-the-numbers execution. The film comprises innumerable expository scenes, leavened with uninspired comic relief.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    You'd have to possess a heart colder than the Northern tundra not to care about these poor animals working their flukes off to jerk audience tears, but emotional manipulation or not, this is still a movie about people standing around a hole waiting for something to happen.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    This true-life tale takes some believing in the era of global warming (too much ice? Really?) but the sledgehammer emoting should let you know you're in a family drama.

    Empire Full Review
  • Melissa Anderson

    While rooting for the marine mammals (and wishing for more footage of them - and even of their animatronic incarnations), your heart will also go out to the cast, stuck even more pitiably in syrupy manufactured crises.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

    Any goodwill it boasts is terminally suppressed, buried beneath a layer of bullshit as thick as blubber.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
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