Big Miracle

Lists: Drama

Brief Synopsis: "Based on an inspiring true story, a small-town news reporter (Krasinski) and a Greenpeace volunteer (Barrymore) enlist the help of rival superpowers to save three majestic gray whales trapped under the ice of the Arctic Circle. ‘Big Miracle’ is adapted from the nonfiction book ‘Freeing the Whales: How the Media Created the World’s Greatest Non-Event’ by Tom Rose."

Overall Ranking: 1685 (Rank from 2012: # 70)

Adjusted* Rating:
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Ratings Breakdown
(The Mixed Bag)

Buttery 0%
Regular 75%
Half-Popped 25%
Stale 0%
Burnt 0%


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Entertainment Blur Rob80(full review)
Gorgon Reviews80(full review)
Le Anne of Tinsel And Tine75 - What I like is how many points of view and agendas get woven together to tell this story: Rachel (Drew Barrymore) is the spokesperson for Greenpeace and former girlfriend of Adam. She's militant, headstrong, and good at making the powers that be in Washington look bad in the press. Ted Danson superbly plays the wealthy, arrogant, cocksure Oil Magnet with a God complex. I doubt Danson had to do much acting to play this part.
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CinemaVisitor Erik50 - Based on true events, this family drama about saving whales is easy on the brain, sentimental and simple. Typical Sunday afternoon film.
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People Involved

  • Drew Barrymore (Rachel Kramer)
  • John Krasinski (Adam Carlson)
  • Kristen Bell (Jill Jerard)
  • Vinessa Shaw (Kelly Meyers)
  • Dermot Mulroney (Colonel Scott Boyer)
  • Ted Danson (J. W. McGraw)
  • Kathy Baker (Ruth McGraw)
  • Tim Blake Nelson (Pat Lafaytette)
  • Stephen Root (Governor Haskell)
  • John Michael Higgins (Wes Handrick)
  • Bruce Altman (Chief of Staff)
  • Ken Kwapis (Director)