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Big Trouble Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 22, 2010
Rob Gonsalves

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?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1/5

July 23, 2007
Vanessa Sibbald

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/4

February 24, 2004
James Rocchi

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

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 2/5

July 17, 2003
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly

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

| Original Score: 3/4

May 20, 2003
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online

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

Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Original Score: 4/5

February 8, 2003
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Eye | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2003

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.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

December 8, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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.

| Original Score: 5/10

November 7, 2002
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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In this clumsy attempt to merge farce with satire, the jokes repeatedly miss the mark.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 6, 2002
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer

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

Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer | Original Score: 2/4

October 15, 2002
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 26, 2002
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

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

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 3/4

September 11, 2002
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)

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

Full Review

August 25, 2002

Funny, fast paced and overall well done

| Original Score: 3/4

August 1, 2002
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
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Mostly ... Sonnenfeld mishandles the broad part of the comedic formula, preferring repetition to thematic development.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

July 20, 2002

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

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 1, 2002

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

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 14, 2002
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

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

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

June 7, 2002
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

June 3, 2002
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