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Dream Big: Engineering Our World

Released Feb 17, 2017 40m Documentary List
100% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 64% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray explores the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels -- big and small -- and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world. Read More Read Less

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Linda Barnard Toronto Star An uncomplicated look at a complex subject that gets information across without talking down to its predominately young audience. Rated: 3/4 Feb 16, 2017 Full Review Nick Schager Variety The film proves a rousing, and ravishing, call-to-engineering-arms for future generations, and should receive a welcome reception from its young target audience. Feb 16, 2017 Full Review Sheri Linden Hollywood Reporter Though the shifts can be abrupt, the film provides an overview of a huge topic with admirable concision. Feb 16, 2017 Full Review Michael Heaton Cleveland Plain Dealer A visual and informational delight. It travels the world and explores how engineering not only improves everyday lives but also makes us all safer. Apr 13, 2017 Full Review April Wolfe L.A. Weekly These personal stories are the heart of Dream Big, and while they don't always impress visually on a giant screen, they're effective at convincing the audience that engineering is a tool for the underdog to come out on top. Feb 27, 2017 Full Review Sandie Angulo Chen Common Sense Media STEM-themed docu will inspire kids to become engineers. Rated: 4/5 Feb 17, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Bem fofinho, curtinho e levinho, com a presença das crianças e várias engenhosidades magnífica geradas por mentes brilhantes produzidas por mãos geniais... Trilha sonora divina, "One Day" toca minha alma e coração, e cita os meninos fantásticos do filme "Spare Parts", lindo e emocionante... Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member This was great! It's inspiring and shows you what engineers do, and why they're vital to society. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/02/23 Full Review Audience Member Pésimo, mala información, mal documentado, grabaciones sobre actuadas, mala música, mala edición, historias sin conexión que resuelven problemas que no plantean, cursi, sin sentido. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Great and inspiring for young engineers! Everyone should watch this. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 08/04/18 Full Review Audience Member Not a movie about engineering. It's a movie about girls in engineering. Which is fine, if you're a girl. Yet one more thing for girls in a universe full of this sort of thing. No thanks. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Audience Member Dream Big is visually appealing (it better be on a screen this size and in 3D - lol), has an nice accompanying sound track, and we learn of and see a lot of cool things that engineers do in designing buildings, bridges and various other amazing structures, including a cool look into the future of technology. All of this is presented with the subtle but obvious effort by the producers, and science and engineering societies that funded this film, to emphasize female and minorities accomplishments in engineering, presumably to increase the number of girls and minorities that enter the profession, by showing . . . pretty much nothing but girls and minorities achievements in engineering. I kind of suspected we were going in that direction from the beginning, but all doubt was removed when we accompany one of the featured engineers (female of course) to visit an elementary classroom that shockingly has 7 or 8 girls and no boys. And one story goes so far that even though it's main point was to emphasize minority Hispanic accomplishments in engineering it primarily featured a female Hispanic, even though her role on the team that was featured was highly suspect as she wasn't even able to attend the Science and Technology Robot competition at Cal Santa Barbara. If she wasn't part of the team, why even feature her. Now increasing girls in science and technology is all good, i myself have a niece that is an engineering major; however, i seriously doubt we need to go to these lengths in the year 2017 to pretend girls don't already have the self-esteem and empowerment and support in every conceivable area to make these choices as it is without a 45-min feel good infomercial. I have two boys that could've identified and been inspired by a male's story if the producers would've felt that possible with at least 1 of the 3 featured "real-world" individuals. I have an Asian wife that could've taken pride in showing an Asian engineer's (heck, even female) achievement, especially since one part of the film was focused on Shanghai. Oh but that's right, boys and Asians don't need there self-esteem stroked supposedly. We don't care about them because we only care with creating some sort of equal representation that may never happen for any number of reasons, and to give them any credence might only make the gap wider. The films itself is great as far as the visuals and overall presentation, just remove the "gender game" and minority politics and quite pretending that women and minorities need to be motivated with subliminal messages to achieve. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/10/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis Filmmaker Greg MacGillivray explores the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels -- big and small -- and reveals the heart that drives engineers to create better lives for people around the world.
Greg MacGillivray
Shaun Macgillivray
MacGillivray Freeman Films
Production Co
MacGillivray Freeman Films
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Feb 17, 2017, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2018
Aspect Ratio
IMAX (1.43:1)
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