The Big Year
The Big Year

Watch The Big Year Online Free

- 62/100 based on 108,857 votes

In birding, a Big Year is seeing or hearing as many different species of birds as possible in a calendar year. Three men pursue the Birder of the Year title: Kenny Bostick, who's seen a record 732 in a past big year, Stu Preissler, newly retired, and Brad Harris, who narrates the story. Life gets in the way: Bostick's wife wants a baby, Stu's firm needs him for sensitive negotiations, and Brad, divorced and underemployed at 36, has an encouraging mom and a disapproving dad. T... (Full plot summary below)

Watch The Big Year Online Now [FREE]
0:00 / 1:40:45

Where Can I Watch The Big Year Online?

Rent The Big Year on DVD

Rent The Big Year on Blu-ray

You Might Also Like:

Actors in The Big Year:

Full Plot Details

In birding, a Big Year is seeing or hearing as many different species of birds as possible in a calendar year. Three men pursue the Birder of the Year title: Kenny Bostick, who's seen a record 732 in a past big year, Stu Preissler, newly retired, and Brad Harris, who narrates the story. Life gets in the way: Bostick's wife wants a baby, Stu's firm needs him for sensitive negotiations, and Brad, divorced and underemployed at 36, has an encouraging mom and a disapproving dad. They criss-cross the continent (including a trip to Alaska's westernmost island), follow migration patterns, and head for storms that force birds to ground. Who will win, at what cost, and with what rewards? Written by <[email protected]

Review & Comments

Leave your thoughts about The Big Year.

Movie Reviews

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.

Browse Movie Genres

Other Links

The Big Year