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

Big Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
April 1, 2008

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.

Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
November 4, 2004

| Original Score: 2/5
Gerald Clarke
TIME Magazine
Top Critic
August 2, 2013

A delightful comedy-fantasy.

Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
August 2, 2013

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.

Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 2, 2013

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.

Peter Freedman
Radio Times
August 11, 2014

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 | Original Score: 4/5
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011

Wonderful story with some mature material.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002

| Original Score: 4/5
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
January 1, 1988

The film is funny, sweet, and even a little edgy. It's also emotionally honest and almost never crass.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 3, 2004

| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 3, 2007

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.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 19, 2005

Great performance by Hanks makes this a winner.

| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002

Thanks almost exclusively to Tom Hanks, "Big" is far and away the best "age-switch" flick out there.

| Original Score: 4.5/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005

| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002

Charming and lightweight, if a trifle earnest at times.

| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
May 7, 2007

The picture still stands proud as a comedy easy chair of sorts, but even more vividly as Tom Hanks's finest hour as an actor.

Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000

Who can forget the grungy hotel clerk played by Rockets Redglare?

Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Variety Staff
Top Critic
April 1, 2008

Unspools with enjoyable genuineness and ingenuity.

Christopher Null
January 19, 2006

It of those films that simply cannot be touched, no matter how one pokes and prods at its lapses in logic.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006

Marshall, Hanks, and his co-stars seldom put a foot wrong.

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