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Dolphin Tale

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AGAINST ALL ODDS Nathan Gamble and Winter in Dolphin Tale
Warner Bros. Pictures

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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