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 Aug 17 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1. $28.4 2 $117.6 C+
2.
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$24.7 3 $222.3 A-
3. $17.7 1 $26.1 F
4.
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$16.2 1 $16.2 B
5.
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$12.8 1 $12.8 C-
6.
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$7.7 2 $31.3 D+
7.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
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$7.1 2 $23.6 B
8.
Lucy
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$5.3 4 $107.5 B
9.
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$2.7 2 $11.8 B-
10.
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$2.1 6 $13.8 A
* in millions