Three and one-half tons of a best friend: family adventure doesn't get any bigger! Willy is an orca whale confined in a Pacific Northwest aquatic park's too-small tank and separated from his family in the nearby bay. No one understands Willy's moods-except a 12-year old boy who knows what it's like to be without a family. That boy is scruffy street kid Jesse, who befriends Willy and risks all to set him free.
- " 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. " – Michael Wilmington
- " This movie itself is a very special case, a wonderful, timeless story of a boy's struggle to become part of a family. " – Duane Byrge
- " Save the whale! Still a good family film with a great Michael Jackson title song. " – Steve Crum