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Dolphin Tale review

A dolphin named Winter, whose amputated tail was replaced with a revolutionary prosthesis

This family flick benefits hugely from its core casting coup: dolphin Winter, whose amputated tail was replaced with a revolutionary prosthesis, plays herself. Loner kid Sawyer (likeable Nathan Gamble) stumbles on the injured bottlenose on a Florida beach, bonding with her and with dolphin-doctor’s daughter Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff). Predictability is inherent (we know Winter goes on to become a movie star), but an eccentric Morgan Freeman (as a prosthetics designer) counterpoints the schmaltz in a film as slick, charming and eager-to-please as a SeaWorld cetacean.

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Matt Maytum
Matt Maytum

I'm the Deputy Editor at Total Film magazine, looking after the long-form features there, and generally obsessing over all things Nolan, Kubrick and Pixar. Over the past decade I've worked in various roles for TF online and in print, including at GamesRadar.