The Big Year
The Big Year

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Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition.... (Full plot summary below)

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Two bird enthusiasts try to defeat the cocky, cutthroat world record holder in a year-long bird-spotting competition.

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Chicago Sun-Times - 8/10 by Roger Ebert The Big Year is getting the enthusiastic support of the Audubon Society, and has an innocence and charm that will make it appealing for families, especially those who have had enough whales and dolphins for the year.
Tampa Bay Times - 8/10 by Steve Persall Frankel's movie is as refreshing as a walk in the woods and surprising as a chance encounter with the best that nature can offer.
Arizona Republic - 7/10 by Bill Goodykoontz The Big Year is better when it is examining the obsession of the birders, and Martin, Black and Wilson are enjoyable in toned-down mode.
The Hollywood Reporter - 7/10 by Todd McCarthy The uniformly winning cast, led by Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson, and the ultra-accessible touch provided by director David Frankel provide for a constant steam of gentle mirth, if not huge laughs.
Entertainment Weekly - 7/10 by Owen Gleiberman The more I sat through it, the more it won me over in its very benign high-concept way. It's like "City Slickers" remade for the Discovery Channel.
Tampa Bay Times - 7/10 by Steve Persall Even if you don't know a sapsucker from a seagull, The Big Year displays unusual heart, and respect for a pastime that could easily be mocked.
Los Angeles Times - 7/10 by Betsy Sharkey If you're in the mood for some feathery fluff of the happy-sappy-and-not-wholly-unpleasant sort and need a break from snark, there is The Big Year.
Movieline - 7/10 by Alison Willmore Genial and mild, The Big Year doesn't give in to the temptation to juice up its story with outsized caricatures or inflated dramas.
Boxoffice Magazine - 7/10 by Pete Hammond The Big Year turns out to be one of the smartest and funniest films this year.
The New York Times - 7/10 by A.O. Scott Like birding itself, The Big Year rewards patience. It respects both the integrity and the eccentricity of the avian obsession, and it communicates something of the fascinating abundance and weirdness of the animals themselves.
7M Pictures - 6/10 by Kevin Carr If you can get past the obviously obscure subject matter, you'll find a really sweet film beneath.
USA Today - 6/10 by Claudia Puig Inspired by Mark Obmascik's book, the tale focuses on universal themes of pursuing a dream and tapping into an adventurous spirit.

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