Free Willy (1993)
Critic Consensus: Free Willy tugs at the heartstrings skillfully enough to leap above the rising tide of sentimentality that threatens to drown its formulaic family-friendly story.
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as Rae Lindley
as Annie Greenwood
as Randolph Johnson
as Glen Greenwood
as Dwight Mercer
as Fish Vendor
as Passerby No. 1
as Passerby No. 2
as Passerby No. 3
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Critic Reviews for Free Willy
Despite a clichéd plot and some ropey performances, this is still a well-made and entertaining children's film.
There's something to be said for fairy tales--when they're done with breadth and emotion. At its best, "Free Willy" jumps that barrier.
With a phony kid and boring whale, there isn't much to recommend in "Free Willy."
This movie itself is a very special case, a wonderful, timeless story of a boy's struggle to become part of a family.
The movie floats along on Willy's boisterous animal magnetism, but its human drama is only serviceable.
Audience Reviews for Free Willy
[img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon13.gif[/img] The story is pretty cute and entirely inspirational but it's not that emotionally involving and a majority of its run time involves watching the orca jump. In comparison though it doesn't have enough cuteness or charm to be a memorable piece. It's worth a look. Just jump right in with lowered expectations.
Free Willy is a decent family film. I remember liking it as a kid, but it's one of those family films that doesn't really age well. I can think of many other childhood favorites that are better than this. Everyone knows the story of Free Willy. This is one of those films that really doesn't do anything that great. I enjoyed it as a kid, but it's not one of those films that stand out among other childhood favorites. Looking back now, the film is good, but is never anything great. The acting is average for a film like this, and so is the story. The best actor in this film is Michael Ironside and the rest of the cast are really so-so. Free Willy is a decent family film, never anything great, and compared to the films from my childhood, Free Willy is my least favorite. The film isn't really memorable. As a family film, it's perfect, but one should realize that this isn't a film that will stick with you, unlike so many other family films such as Toy Story, The Sandlot and Home Alone. Free Willy is entertaining, but it feels so ordinary in terms of a family film. This isn't the type of film that can withstand multiple viewings. Free Willy might have been good as a childhood film, but it's one that hasn't stood the test of time. I'll stick with Toy Story, at least that film is timeless, and lots of fun with good acting on the actors parts. But this, this feels like it tries too hard at being a sentimental film, and it just doesn't cut it.
Makes me cry everytime! A childhood favourite and a classic!
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