Dolphin TaleClosed Captioning
Charles Martin Smith
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From the producers of "The Blind Side", "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 and transported to the Clearwater Marine Hospital, where she is named Winter. But her fight for survival has just begun. Without a tail, Winter's prognosis is dire. It will take the expertise of a dedicated marine biologist (Harry Connick Jr.), the ingenuity of a brilliant prosthetics doctor (Morgan Freeman), and the unwavering devotion of a young boy (Nathan Gamble) to bring about a groundbreaking miracle-a miracle that might not only save Winter but could also help scores of people around the world. The real Winter, who plays herself in "Dolphin Tale," today serves as a symbol of courage, perseverance and hope to millions of people-both able and disabled-who have been touched by her remarkable story of recovery and rehabilitation.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 106
- Fresh: 87
- Rotten: 19
- Average Rating: 6.5/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Accompanying grown-ups or older siblings will have to choke down a sizable dose of schmaltz with their fish milkshakes.
Fresh: This is not only kid-friendly fare, but a lovely family movie.
Fresh: It gives young audiences credit for having patience and imagination, and rewards them with an engaging narrative.
Fresh: 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.
A REFRESHINGLY ORIGINAL FILM THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL LOVE!
To be quite honest, I didn't think "Dolphin Tale" was gonna be as good as I thought it would be. Although the movie boasted a unique premise based on an amazing true story and an all-star cast of multi-talented actors (including Harry Connick, Jr. and Ashley Judd), I was worried that it would end up like most family dramas and become muddled with an overabundance of schmaltz and melodrama. Luckily, that wasn't the case with this film. Aside from the overall moral of the story that everyone can take to heart (no matter what age), the dialogue isn't too overly predictable, the level of sentimentality is just right, and most of the visuals are simply breathtaking. As for the acting, there isn't a flaw to be seen. Although "Dolphin Tale" featured exceptional performances from veteran actors Kris Kristofferson and Morgan Freeman, I was most impressed by the acting debuts of young newcomers Nathan Gamble and Cozi Zuehlsdorff. Not only were their roles genuinely convincing, but they managed to bring a strong sense of determination and enthusiasm to their characters that made them especially worth rooting for. And I certainly can't forget mentioning the real star of the movie: Winter the dolphin, who (believe it or not) stars as herself. Ain't that a first! Perhaps my only complaint about this film is that it contains a few unnecessary and often silly scenes specifically created for the use of eye-popping 3D effects (one involving the escapades of a toy helicopter), but I digress. Overall, "Dolphin Tale" is a funny, charming, and good-hearted family flick about courage, hope, and perseverance that'll touch your heart and even inspire you. Rather than pander to kids like most PG-rated movies often do, it acknowledges their sense of imagination and patience and rewards them with a story that's both engaging and thought-provoking. If you ask me, this movie is definitely worthy of renting or even buying. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and you might even gain a greater appreciation for the beauty of life.
I thought this movie was astonishing. It was so touching and I cried while watching it. This is my favorite movie by a landslide. Nathan Gamble is the best actor in the world!!!!
I loved this movie.
I thought dolphin tale was an amazing movie. It was so inspirational to see a dolphin overcome their disability when no one else, but a little boy believed in the dolphin. This was truely an amazing movie, it was heart-felt and for people of all ages. I believe everyone should see this movie.