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The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Scary, confusing tale of a dolphin following his dream.

Movie PG 2010 88 minutes
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age 3+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 2+

loved it

Yes it had a few lulls and the farting jokes were lame but we loved Karl and the baby yellow fish with those big eyes
age 2+

Awesome Messages!!!

This movie is a great one to watch as a family! It is christian based and really sends the message that you should follow your dreams no matter who you are. It also hints at the fact that it doesn't matter if you are different in any way, you can still follow your dreams and have them come true if you work at it. It does have a character that could be kind of scary but I know of several children's movies and shows that have the same type of characters, just look at Snow White or the Lion King for example. It also has a bit of a joking part about farts but Shrek has much much more than this movie as far as things like that go. I would watch it again and would recommend it for any child that likes cartoons and for parents who want to make sure their kids are getting the right message!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

You have to hope that the Sergio Bambaren book upon which this movie is based is much better; while subpar animation would get a pass if the story made up for it, it doesn't. There are plenty of children's films about characters pursuing their dreams that handle the subject matter in ways that are more entertaining and don't feature completely bizarre, nonsensical "jokes" about baby dolphins swallowing their own fart bubbles. The few characters that aren't annoying (i.e. Daniel's sidekick Carl) look and act in ways that will horrify most children under the age of 8. Ultimately, The Dolphin: Story of a Dreamer will likely confuse, anger, and annoy both parents and children.

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