"Dolphin Tale" premiered in Clearwater, Florida, on Sept. 21, 2011 and was released nationwide on Sept. 23, 2011. The initial DVD release date for the film was Dec. 20, 2011. The film received mostly positive reviews.
Following its release in the United States, the film was released internationally over the course of the remainder of 2011. As of 2015, it is available in a variety of formats across multiple media devices.
The sequel, "Dolphin Tale 2," was released on Sept. 12, 2014, and the DVD was released on Dec. 9, 2014. Critics did not rate the sequel as well as the first film.