• Big
    2 minutes 20 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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Big Reviews

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Peter Freedman
Radio Times

Big may well be a formula fantasy movie, but Penny Marshall's polished direction combined with Hanks's gauche charm make it the best of the spate of body-swap movies turned out by Hollywood in the late 1980s.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

August 11, 2014

Total Film

Joyously entertaining, escapist stuff.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

August 11, 2014
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A disarmingly sweet movie.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 3/4

April 18, 2014
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews agreeable yet unremarkable piece of work.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 29, 2013
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

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.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

December 16, 2013
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

December 10, 2013
Gerald Clarke
TIME Magazine
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A delightful comedy-fantasy.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 2, 2013
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News

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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News

August 2, 2013
Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

August 2, 2013
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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.

Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

August 2, 2013
Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
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This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel

August 2, 2013
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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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.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

July 29, 2013
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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Not a major movie but a pleasing one.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

January 16, 2013
Emanuel Levy

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

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

August 6, 2011
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Wonderful story with some mature material.

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

January 2, 2011
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 20, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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As far as the movie's message is considered -- if only grown-ups could be more like kids -- Jerry Lewis did an infinitely better job of plugging it in the 50s.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 1, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 1, 2008
Variety Staff
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Unspools with enjoyable genuineness and ingenuity.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 1, 2008
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