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Big Trouble

Big Trouble (2002)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Reviews Counted: 112
Fresh: 54 | Rotten: 58

With its large cast and frantic comic pacing, Big Trouble labors for slapstick-style hilarity, but it never really gains steam.


Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 23

With its large cast and frantic comic pacing, Big Trouble labors for slapstick-style hilarity, but it never really gains steam.



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The story of how a mysterious suitcase brings together, and changes, the lives of a divorced dad, an unhappy housewife, two hit men, a pair of street thugs, two love struck teens, two FBI men and a psychedelic toad.


Drama, Comedy

Robert Ramsey, Matthew Stone

Oct 8, 2002


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In this clumsy attempt to merge farce with satire, the jokes repeatedly miss the mark.

November 6, 2002 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Mostly ... Sonnenfeld mishandles the broad part of the comedic formula, preferring repetition to thematic development.

July 20, 2002 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Because the tone is so light, so genial and eager to please, the whole enterprise seems the opposite of prescient. It seems naive, almost delusional.

April 14, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Makes for distinctly uneasy viewing, as Big Trouble's massive subtext repeatedly threatens to overwhelm its haphazardly stylized diegesis.

April 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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... Big Trouble produces only a very few small chuckles.

April 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Like an overloaded aircraft at that security-challenged airport, Big Trouble moves forward in fits and starts but never manages to achieve sufficient momentum for a smooth, satisfying liftoff.

April 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Variety
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Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Faithful to the events in Barry's novel, lifts a good deal of his witty dialogue, and recruits a proven cast of laugh-winners. Why, then, is it so resolutely unfunny?

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

The worst thing someone could say about "Big Trouble" is that it's too much like "Get Shorty," which is one of the best reasons to go see the film

February 24, 2004 Full Review Source:

Sprawling comedy has a few laughs in it -- and the specter of recent events hanging over it.

July 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Netflix

Director Barry Sonnenfeld unites an incredibly unique and charismatic ensemble cast for this witty adaptation of Dave Barry's 1998 novel.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

...a highly enjoyable romp that is as multi-faceted as it is tightly constructed.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Big Trouble is one of those great big silly capers that fails at juggling its dark humor while feeling cutesy in its ability to dance around the plot contrivances...derivative, offensive, stylish and smirky crime caper.

February 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Tim Allen is great in his role but never hogs the scenes from his fellow cast, as there are plenty of laughs and good lines for everyone in this comedy.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat

It's a good thing Tim Allen has Santa Claus to fall back on because any more pictures like this one and he'd be in BIG trouble.

November 7, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Huffs like a bus headed uphill while Mr. Sonnenfeld and company shovel on weirdness and hope for the best.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

...Big Trouble of the more enjoyable comedies to emerge in a good long while.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

the plot is so amusingly contrived and outlandish in its coincidences that no one could ever mistake it for anything resembling reality

September 11, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Nothing in Big Trouble occurs for any reason other than to appease director Barry Sonnenfeld's yen for randomly orchestrated cuteness.

August 25, 2002 Full Review

Funny, fast paced and overall well done

August 1, 2002

It?s fun, but the book is far, far better.

July 1, 2002 Full Review

Take a friend (invisible or real) to see this one... it's laugh out loud funny

June 14, 2002 Full Review Source:

Jason Lee looks almost beatific as the shaggy, homeless Puggy. This movie is just as hilarious as Dave Barry's quirky book.

June 7, 2002 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

brisk and hyperactive. Some scenes move so quickly, it looks like Sonnenfeld forced the cast to consume large amounts of espresso between each take.

June 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette
Kalamazoo Gazette

Audience Reviews for Big Trouble

A great line up of talent and Dave Barry's story about shenanigans in the U.S. capital of the Third World and yet ... fizzle, a firecracker that doesn't go off. Sonnenfield explains in the extras section that no one really committed, and that it rained a lot. Eh.
February 9, 2013

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very funny, jason lee steals the show
August 17, 2010
danny d

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I liked it and thought the comedy was fresh and smart. The cast worked great and even some of the smaller parts were excellent.
September 9, 2007

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