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MOVIE REVIEWS: DOLPHIN TALE 2

September 12, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Dolphin Tale 2 brings together the same cast that appeared in the 2011 original, including Winter, the dolphin with the prosthetic tail. There’s not much plot here, critics seem to agree, but the underwater photography of dolphins interacting with dolphins and dolphins interacting with humans is breathtaking, they say. "The actors too often feel secondary to the stirringly shot dolphins and aquatic setting, writes Gary Goldstein in the Los Angeles Times. "Perhaps that’s because their characters barely exist beyond their connection to the dolphins; they’re otherwise lifeless," he concludes. But Ben Kenigsberg in the New York Times writes that for the younger movie-going set, "the film hits its marks: It’s wholesome, engaging and rife with impressive aquatic photography." On the other hand, Sandie Angulo chen, writing in the Washington Post comments that the pacing "is too laid-back at times, particularly in a few overlong underwater swimming scenes that start out lovely but conclude as apparent filler material. But that’s a small quibble with a movie that’s this sweet and cheesy." In fact, several critics suggest that they can’t really get a handle on the film at all — that it may be just too slippery. "It’s a strain to poke fun at Dolphin Tale 2, writes Peter Hartlaub in the San Francisco Chronicle. "Even more than the very solid first film, this is cynicism-free cinema; a place where snark goes to die." Nevertheless, Kyle Smith in the New York Post makes a stab at snark, summarizing the movie this way: "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water for Dolphin Tale 2, it actually was safe to go back to the water, and everyone was nice to each other and the porpoises were cute. The end. Oh, should I have said ‘spoiler alert’? Spoiler alert." Smith’s conclusion: "All the wholesome but dull Dolphin Tale has to recommend it is its ironclad niceness and some lovely underwater photography."