Los Angeles Times - 09/23/2011
"Led by Connick and Judd, plus the crucially empathetic Gamble and Zuehlsdorff, the cast includes Kris Kristofferson as the seafaring old salt of a grandpa....The acting has a nice, low-pressure vibe."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/30/2011
"[An] uplifting heart-warmer....It's a cute story..." -- Grade: B-
Box Office - 09/19/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he truly inspiring DOLPHIN TALE is perfect family entertainment....Sincere and beautifully produced on the actual Florida locations of the real event, this is a wonderful movie for kids..."
Total Film - 11/01/2011 3 stars out of 5 -- "This family flick benefits hugely from its core casting coup: dolphin Winter, whose amputated tail was replaced with a revolutionary prosthesis, plays herself."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2011
"[T]he three central performances are likeable and strong....The 3D makes good use of the water scenes as dolphins swoop in and out of vision."
Inspired by the incredible true story of Winter, a dolphin who was rescued off the Florida coast after her tail became caught in a crab trap, this uplifting family-oriented adventure from director/co-screenwriter Charles Martin Smith details the unique bond between an injured dolphin and a young boy. When Winter loses her tail in a tragic accident, her young friend convinces the locals to build her a prosthetic replacement, inspiring hope and courage in handicapped people across the globe. Nathan Gamble, Morgan Freeman, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, and Kris Kristofferson star.