Big Trouble Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Sharp, funny movie for high schoolers and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Vanessa Sibbald
Zap2it.com
February 24, 2004
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Rocchi
Netflix
July 17, 2003
Sprawling comedy has a few laughs in it -- and the specter of recent events hanging over it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
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
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
...a highly enjoyable romp that is as multi-faceted as it is tightly constructed.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye
February 4, 2003
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 8, 2002
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 7, 2002
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
Top Critic
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
In this clumsy attempt to merge farce with satire, the jokes repeatedly miss the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Huffs like a bus headed uphill while Mr. Sonnenfeld and company shovel on weirdness and hope for the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 26, 2002
...Big Trouble is...one of the more enjoyable comedies to emerge in a good long while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
September 11, 2002
the plot is so amusingly contrived and outlandish in its coincidences that no one could ever mistake it for anything resembling reality
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
August 25, 2002
Nothing in Big Trouble occurs for any reason other than to appease director Barry Sonnenfeld's yen for randomly orchestrated cuteness.
August 1, 2002
Funny, fast paced and overall well done
| Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Mostly ... Sonnenfeld mishandles the broad part of the comedic formula, preferring repetition to thematic development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 1, 2002
It?s fun, but the book is far, far better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
June 14, 2002
Take a friend (invisible or real) to see this one... it's laugh out loud funny
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 7, 2002
Jason Lee looks almost beatific as the shaggy, homeless Puggy. This movie is just as hilarious as Dave Barry's quirky book.
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
June 3, 2002
brisk and hyperactive. Some scenes move so quickly, it looks like Sonnenfeld forced the cast to consume large amounts of espresso between each take.
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