Big Fish Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Delightful, sad father-son story for teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
Reliant more on powerful familial emotions than wacky splendor, "Big Fish" treads as close to our real world as Tim Burton ever could - a melancholy dissection of paternal distance and never truly knowing how many lives those we love can truly affect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Burton, favoring form over content, flavor over fact, has been often criticized for not knowing how to bring his work to satisfactory resolution. But I'd call that a good thing. Blame it on his dad.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Burton invokes the imagination from his crowd and succeeds in making us gasp in wonder.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Never has going fishing or getting caught been such a treat.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
For all the story's twists, there are no real surprises (the ending is obvious 10 minutes in), and Burton's flourishes of self-satisfied frippery annoy as much as they amuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
December 27, 2007
Unfortunately, up until the end, the tall tales are far more interesting than reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 23, 2007
I enjoyed Big Fish more than any film Burton has been involved with since maybe Nightmare Before Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
For the first time since Ed Wood, Burton has transcended his hermetically-sealed world and connected with wider concerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The film doesn't so much reject history as selectively rewrite it to its own reactionary, even offensive ends. This might perhaps be just about tolerable were the film funny, illuminating, insightful or moving. It is not.
Clint Morris
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
A tale that's so enriching, so heartwarming, so funny, so touching and so breathtaking, you'll wonder why the king of wackiness didn't branch out sooner.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Peter Lowry
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Big Fish is a stunning piece of work that is not only sincere and full of passion, but is based on a world that is normal...well, about as normal as you're going to get for a Tim Burton movie that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rick Kisonak
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Think The Arabian Nights meets Grimm's Fairy Tales with just a touch of Forrest Gump and The Wizard of Oz tossed in for good measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 11, 2005
Plays to Burton's strengths as an auteur of fantasy colliding with reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jason Zingale
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
The film's core is all heart, but surrounding the dramatic moments is a pure sense of humor that generated more genuine laughter than any comedy I've seen in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
May 3, 2005
An ebullient tall tale about the magic of imagination and the power of myth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
March 5, 2005
Big Fish is, in the end, a small tale, but it's a beautifully told one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Christianity Today
January 15, 2005
[Burton] celebrates the empty imaginings of the lost, because he assumes there is no real liberation, there is no glory awaiting us, except that which we invent for ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
December 16, 2004
Un film délicieux que l'on écoute avec légèreté et qui fait passer un bon moment grâce à son humour, sa féerie, mais aussi dans la façon dont il nous touche.
| Original Score: B+
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 30, 2004
Burton has crafted a sweet yet bizarre film seeming at times like 'The Twilight Zone' in Oz.
| Original Score: A
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