Wilson of The Daily Rotation wrote, "Taking a look at The Big Year, you kind of expect it to be one big pile of shit. Now, I’m not clever enough to turn the tables on that statement and say it was. It wasn’t. It was a pretty decent pile of shit. Directed by David Frankel, who is responsible for such movies as Marley and Me and The Devil Wears Prada, you kind of see what kind of movie this will be. It’s definitely a PG family dramady, but that doesn’t always mean it has to suck!"