Warner Bros. Pictures
Keith Staskiewicz
September 26, 2011 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Dolphin Tale

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
113 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/23/11
performer
Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd
director
Charles Martin Smith
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Karen Janszen
genre
Kids and Family, Drama

We gave it a B-

A dolphin named Winter loses its tail to a crab trap in Dolphin Tale — (sometimes sickly) sweet family film based on a true story. It’s no spoiler to say that there is a happy ending, partly because this is the kind of constantly uplifting heart-warmer in which even the villains are congenial, but also because the injured animal is played by its real-life counterpart. Morgan Freeman also plays a version of himself as a kindly wise man whose expertise in prosthetics helps save Winter. While the plot occasionally feels like Free Willy without the drama, it’s a cute story if you don’t mind temporarily trading in your cynicism for a bag of popcorn. B-

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