A disarmingly sweet movie.
| Original Score: 3/4
...an agreeable yet unremarkable piece of work.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: 8/10
A delightful comedy-fantasy.
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.
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.
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.
This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.
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.
When Marshall brings Hanks and Perkins together, she discovers a grace and lightness in their relationship that transcends the pinched thematics of the script.
Not a major movie but a pleasing one.
One of the best comedies about body-switching, Big is charming and occasioally witty with a splendid, star-making performance by Tom Hanks.
| Original Score: B+
Wonderful story with some mature material.
One of Hollywood's all-time most appealing magic realist fantasies. [Blu-ray]
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The best of the spate of body-switching films in the late 80s.
Unspools with enjoyable genuineness and ingenuity.
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.
The consummate '80s film about kid-dom and growing old too fast.
Hanks so convincingly played a grown-up with a 12-year-old mind that he transformed instantly in the public eye from a run-of-the-mill comedy star to a respected actor with limitless potential.
| Original Score: 4/4