By Keith Staskiewicz
Updated September 26, 2011 at 04:00 AM EDT
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Warner Bros. Pictures

Dolphin Tale

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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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Dolphin Tale

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  • Movie
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mpaa
  • PG
runtime
  • 113 minutes
director
  • Charles Martin Smith

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