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Big Miracle (2012)
Not Rated –
Overall Rating
2.527
Average Critic Score
2.462
7,140 of 192,059 Movie All Time
162 of 1,167 2010s
1 of 48 2012
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Based on the true story of a small town news reporter and a Greenpeace volunteer who are joined by rival world superpowers to save a family of majestic gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle. Local newsman Adam Carlson can't wait to escape the northern tip of Alaska for a bigger market. But just when the story of his career breaks, the world comes chasing it, too. With an oil tycoon, heads of state and hungry journalists descending upon the frigid outpost, the one who worries Adam the most is Rachel Kramer. Not only is she an outspoken environmentalist, she's also his ex-girlfriend. With time running out, Rachel and Adam must rally an unlikely coalition of Inuit natives, oil companies and Russian and American military to set aside their differences and free the whales. As the world's attention turns to the top of the globe, saving these endangered animals becomes a shared cause for nations entrenched against one another and leads to a momentary thaw in the Cold War.


Spirituality and Practice (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

A thematically rich drama about the efforts to save three trapped whales that speaks volumes about cross-cultural misunderstandings, media circuses, and the good that can rise to surface when opposing groups work together. ...read the complete Big Miracle review at Spirituality and Practice (Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat)

Seattle Times (Tom Keogh)

It's amazing a movie hasn't been made about these Reagan-era events before now. But the enjoyable "Big Miracle" offers perspective, balancing sentiment with healthy skepticism about human motivations. ...read the complete Big Miracle review at Seattle Times (Tom Keogh)

Boston Globe (Janice Page)

It needs only to entertain. And that it does thoroughly, leaving us both charmed and enriched without feeling very preached at. Praise be. ...read the complete Big Miracle review at Boston Globe (Janice Page)