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Big Miracle


Genre :

Drama, Family

Release Date :

February 03, 2012

MPAA Rating :


Director :

Ken Kwapis

Starring :

John Krasinski, Drew Barrymore, Kristen Bell, Tim Blake Nelson, Ted Danson, Vinessa Shaw, Stephen Root, Mark Ivanir, Stefan Kapicic, Andrew Daly, Ahmaogak Sweeney, Thomas R. Daly, Shea Whigham

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  Be the 1st!

“..your heart will also go out to the cast, stuck even more pitiably in syrupy manufactured crises..”
by Melissa Anderson [Village Voice]
“..this energetic family movie is less insipid than it looks..”
by Mary F. Pols [TIME Magazine]
“..the strong emotions at play are good, but the movie veers, at times, into schmaltz, and some comedy shorthand feels lazy and dumb..”
by Mick LaSalle [San Francisco Chronicle]
“..the people's stories, especially a trumped-up romantic triangle, are not as intriguing as the portrayal of pre-Internet news media..”
by Nell Minow [Chicago Sun-Times]
3 of 4

“..tells its sort-of-true version of events in a democratic and humane fashion..”
by Michael Phillips [Chicago Tribune]
2.5 of 4

“..like an old Disney family comedy by way of a 1980s news story..”
by Peter Howell [Toronto Star]
3 of 5

“..kids 8 and up will get behind the film's heroic tone..”
by Joe Neumaier [New York Daily News]
3.5 of 5

“..it also has a more-than-fair amount of wry humor, droll political observation if not actual satire..”
by Glenn Kenny [MSN Movies]
Review rate : D+

“..in short, Miracle eschews black and white - even the Inupiat have ulterior motives - for shades of grey..”
by Peter Keough [Boston Phoenix]
“..gets off to a shaky start, but once revved up, it becomes an involving work-against-the-clock-and-the-odds action movie..”
by Rachel Saltz [New York Times]
“..full of such simple acts of intelligence. And that's a minor miracle..”
by Janice Page [Boston Globe]
“..doesn't have much of a plot..”
by Ella Taylor [NPR]
“..almost cartoonish depictions of bland romances and superficial political machinations..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
“..all perspectives get an airing..”
by Kevin Lally [Film Journal International]

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