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The Big Year

HD   PG Closed Captioning

David Frankel

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About the Movie

Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson form a comic dream team in this smart, funny comedy from the director of The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me. Looking to shake up their routine lives, three amateur bird watchers compete to become the ultimate “birder” by spotting the greatest number of species within a single calendar year. But the friendly rivalry soon turns into a hilariously complicated cross-country adventure as each man begins to realize that the quest for success comes at a price — and that’s not chicken feed!

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 103
  • Fresh: 42
  • Rotten: 61
  • Average Rating: 5.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Like birding itself, "The Big Year" rewards patience. It respects both the integrity and the eccentricity of the avian obsession, and it communicates something of the fascinating abundance and weirdness of the animals themselves. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Oct 13, 2011

Fresh: This gently charming comedy about a trio of birders is based on a winning premise, likable performances and stunning natural vistas. – Claudia Puig, USA Today, Oct 13, 2011

Rotten: 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. – Nick Schager, Village Voice, Oct 17, 2011

Rotten: 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. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Oct 17, 2011

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Customer Reviews

This is not a Gag movie

When I first heard that this movie was in the making, I was suspicious of the cast. I'd read the book. I knew making a joke movie would be horrible. Still I was quick to see it in the movie theater and it was lovely. Forget that the big names are all comedians. They are actors, and do a good job telling a story about real people. If you've ever looked at the birds out the windows, you'll enjoy this. If you've gone the extra mile and bought a bird-book and a pair of binoculars, you'll love it. I can't imagine that the people who never look away from the computer screen or the TV will get it, but that's their loss. I've pre-ordered because I love it, and will want to see it again.

A Great Movie

I saw this with my family, not knowing what it was even about, so i was skeptical to go in the first place. But this movie has an all star cast and it definitely does deliver. I really have no idea why this got such bad reviews. It wasn't really a comedy in the first place, more like a feel-good movie. I recommend to rent it or even buy it (which i will) because this is one of my favorite movies of the year.

Actually Really Good!

Some people are thinking "Look at the cover, must be some stupid gag movie!", Wrong. I actually completely enyoed this move and laughed plenty of times!

The Big Year
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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Released: 2011

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