By-the-book dialogue and lame performances do the film no favours but, hey, worse things happen at sea.
There's something refreshing about a kids' movie that manages to get through its entire length without a poop joke.
If you're looking for a passable film to take the kids to this weekend, Miracle offers a smart enough take on its feel-good plot to keep adult viewers tuned in.
"Big Miracle" might be subtitled, "How Hollywood Turned a Real Story Into Bogus Fiction."
Big Miracle is not one of those whale tales that leaves the audience blubbering, but it's open to the allure of the imposing creatures, which resemble long boulders that have come to life.
"Big Miracle" shouldn't really work, but it does.
Cold War-era bonding over whales? It would sound utterly absurd if it weren't based on fact. And that's part of what makes this movie fun for adults.
Given the abundance of one-dimensional human portrayals, it becomes apparent that a documentary on the subject might have been more powerful.