Dolphin Tale A dolphin named Winter loses its tail to a crab trap in Dolphin Tale — (sometimes sickly) sweet family film based on a true story.… Dolphin Tale A dolphin named Winter loses its tail to a crab trap in Dolphin Tale — (sometimes sickly) sweet family film based on a true story.… 2011-09-23 PG PT113M Drama Kids and Family Harry Connick Jr. Morgan Freeman Ashley Judd Warner Bros.
Movie Review

Dolphin Tale (2011)

MPAA Rating: PG
AGAINST ALL ODDS Nathan Gamble and Winter in Dolphin Tale
Image credit: Warner Bros. Pictures
AGAINST ALL ODDS Nathan Gamble and Winter in Dolphin Tale
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Sep 23, 2011; Rated: PG; Length: 113 Minutes; Genres: Drama, Kids and Family; With: Harry Connick Jr., Morgan Freeman and Ashley Judd; Distributor: Warner Bros.

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-

Originally posted Aug 21, 2011 Published in issue #1174 Sep 30, 2011 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Jan 25 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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4.
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5.
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$7.6 3 $76.1 B-
6.
The Imitation Game
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$7.1 9 $60.6 B+
7.
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$5.5 1 $5.5 NA
8.
Selma
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$5.5 5 $39.2 A
9.
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$4.1 1 $4.1 C-
10.
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$3.9 5 $121.5 B-
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