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Big (1988)

tomatometer

97

Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 67
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 2

Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.

92

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 1

Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.

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More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be "big". That's the wish he makes at an odd-looking amusement pier fortunetelling machine. The next morning, Josh wakes up-only to discover that he's grown to manhood overnight! (At this point, the part is taken over by Tom Hanks). Still a 13-year-old mentally and emotionally, Josh decides to hide out in New York City until he can figure out what to do next. He lucks into a job with a major toy company run by

Dec 18, 2001

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A delightful comedy-fantasy.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Big, which has been directed by Penny Marshall with verve and impeccable judgment, drops a child's innocence into the corporate rat race as if it were a depth charge.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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When Marshall brings Hanks and Perkins together, she discovers a grace and lightness in their relationship that transcends the pinched thematics of the script.

July 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Not a major movie but a pleasing one.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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A disarmingly sweet movie.

April 18, 2014 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

...an agreeable yet unremarkable piece of work.

December 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

A funny, bittersweet film that opens as a cautionary tale about growing up too fast, but deepens into a movie about the unplumbable gulf between childhood and adulthood.

December 16, 2013 Full Review Source: The Dissolve
The Dissolve

If "Splash" was the film that gave the 'Bosom Buddies' star his first big movie role, "Big" was the one that showed the industry and audiences that this guy Hanks can act.

December 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
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There's also one absolutely charming moment when Hanks and Loggia leap from key to key to tap out the melody and harmony to "Heart and Soul" on a giant piano in the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

An otherwise-hackneyed story of personality transmigration takes on new meaning -- accompanied by plenty of laughs -- all because of the film`s gregarious and clever star, Tom Hanks.

August 2, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

One of the best comedies about body-switching, Big is charming and occasioally witty with a splendid, star-making performance by Tom Hanks.

August 6, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

Wonderful story with some mature material.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

One of Hollywood's all-time most appealing magic realist fantasies. [Blu-ray]

May 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

The best of the spate of body-switching films in the late 80s.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Once in a blue moon, there are moments of perfect casting that virtually ensure a movie is going to be a piece of class. And that's what you've got here.

April 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

The consummate '80s film about kid-dom and growing old too fast.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Big

Big is a pretty good film that I enjoyed, but I felt it wasn't as good as what everyone has said about. The film is good for what it is, but it leaves a lot of room for improvement. I enjoyed Tom Hanks in the film, but he has made far better films later on in his career. The film is pretty funny, but it could have been improved upon in some areas. The cast do a fine job and there is enough good humor to make this film worth watching. At times the film is cheesy, but overall it is a fun and entertaining film that has lots to offer. Although it is far from being the masterpiece that critics have claimed it to be. Tom Hanks is good in his role, but he has starred in better movies. Big has heart, and it's something that lacks in many of today's movies. Of course the film is not without its flaws, but it overcomes them by being an amusing film that viewers of all ages can enjoy. If you want to watch one of Tom Hanks earlier hits, then Big is the one to watch. Like I said, I found some parts to be a bit corny, but overall, the story and cast make it enjoyable and there are enough good gags to make it worthwhile. The film has enough memorable moments top make it a stand out comedy that will entertain you from start to finish. Although far from perfect, I really enjoyed the film for what it was and it is charming despite it being a bit silly, but in the end that's the point. After all it's a 12 year old trapped in a 30 year olds body, so you're going to watch an adult act like a kid, which I must admit is amusing. A must see film if you love Tom Hanks, and this film would showcase his early skills as an up and coming actor that would make an impact on film.
March 29, 2013
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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After many years, this formula works wonders. Every turn it takes, it's entertaining. Not much more then that. Tom Hanks was fantastic.
March 10, 2012
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Big is unbelievably charming and the performance by Hanks is totally sweet and believable. The Oscar should have went to Hanks in this uniquely amazing comedy
February 20, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

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I finally got round to seeing it and I have to say, What is the Big deal? Considered a classic, nice idea done many times since and better in my opinion. Starring a young Tom Hanks, maybe if a saw it as a kid it would have been more fun, but now it just looks a bit dated. It was ok at times but I wouldn't call it a classic by any means.
February 11, 2012
Deano78

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    1. Josh Baskin: I don't get it.
    – Submitted by Jayvee Joshua D (20 months ago)
    1. Josh Baskin: If he is scared of me.. then why he beat me up!
    – Submitted by Rajeev G (24 months ago)
    1. Josh Baskin: You mean sleep over? Okay, but I get to be on top!
    – Submitted by sean b (2 years ago)
    1. Josh Baskin: I wish I was big.
    – Submitted by Daniel R (2 years ago)
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