(2011)

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Based on 29 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
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.
70
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.
70
Genial and mild, The Big Year doesn't give in to the temptation to juice up its story with outsized caricatures or inflated dramas.
67
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.
63
Inspired by Mark Obmascik's book, the tale focuses on universal themes of pursuing a dream and tapping into an adventurous spirit.
63
If anything, The Big Year plays like Ron Howard's "Parenthood'' with birds instead of children.
63
With ambitions greater than comedy and results that fall short of character study, The Big Year is neither fish nor fowl.
63
What this film from the director of "The Devil Wears Prada" does manage is a gentle amiability.
60
This one could have flown over the cuckoo's nest, or smacked into a glass pane, but instead lands in the middle of the road where quirky and popular meet.
50
Those who should go near The Big Year, if not flock to it, are fans of avians, mild PG comedy and gorgeously shot travel footage dotted with humans.
50
This is a gentle, diffident concoction. But it has barely enough pulse to power a hummingbird.

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