Big Miracle

Big Miracle

Big Miracle

A family of three gray whales trapped beneath the ice in Alaska becomes international news in this rescue adventure, starring Drew Barrymore, John Krasinski and Ted Danson. Based on the Tom Rose novel Freeing the Whales, itself inspired by 1988's Operation Breakthrough.

Reporter Adam (Krasinski) is about to be unwillingly reassigned out of Alaska when three gray whales surface in an ice hole. Covering the story gives him an excuse to stay but when it becomes apparent the whales are trapped, his puff piece becomes big news. Spearheading the rescue effort is Greenpeacer Rachel (Barrymore) who has to first battle and then unite international governments, oil tycoons and Inuit locals to save the three trapped whales.

2012107 minsUSA
AdventureDramaTrue Story & BiographyRomance

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Big Miracle / Reviews

Village Voice

Village Voice

While rooting for the marine mammals (and wishing for more footage of them-and even of their animatronic incarnations), your heart will also go out to the cast, stuck even more pitiably in syrupy manufactured crises.

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USA Today

USA Today

Given the abundance of one-dimensional human portrayals, it becomes apparent that a documentary on the subject might have been more powerful.

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Total Film

Total Film

Not Free Willy but more Free Chilly.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

There may not be a second of say, Whale Rider's lyricism (that's still the best whale movie out there), but this energetic family movie is less insipid than it looks.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

Big Miracle gets off to a shaky start, but once revved up, it becomes an involving work-against-the-clock-and-the-odds action movie.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The makers attempt to coat their fascinatingly bitter pill with saccharine. They are, however, only partially successful.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The whales themselves look like they are about to die of boredom.

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New York Post

New York Post

Big Miracle shouldn't really work, but it does.

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Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly

Big Miracle is harmless enough, but what's annoying about it is its aura of fake activism.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The sledgehammer emoting should let you know you're in a family drama.

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E! Online

E! Online

Whale fans will blubber, but uneven Miracle flounders in its hunt for narrative focus.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Under its crowd-pleasing exterior lies an undercurrent of bracing cynicism.

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