Big Fat Liar Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 22, 2010
Really likeable family comedy set in cutthroat Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Heather Wadowski
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
A hilarious film for anyone who remembers lying as a kid -- and anyone who wants to see a movie that's just plain fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
The makers of Big Fat Liar understand kids. That alone earns it a place in the list of genuinely funny comedies for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
September 13, 2002
Even adults will appreciate the comedy, and making a film that gets the whole family chuckling is tougher than it sounds.
| Original Score: 3/4
July 16, 2002
It's crafty, energetic and smart -- the kid is sort of like a fourteen-year old Ferris Bueller.
| Original Score: 3/4
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
July 4, 2002
It's more enjoyable than I expected, though, and that's because the laughs come from fairly basic comedic constructs. Cinematic pratfalls given a working over. The cast is spot on and the mood is laid back.
March 2, 2002
I have yet to be disappointed by Paul Giamatti, regardless of the actual vehicle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shirley Sealy
Film Journal International
February 23, 2002
Charming and funny (but ultimately silly) movie.
Eric Lurio
Greenwich Village Gazette
February 14, 2002
The first thing to remember is that this is a fantasy. The second is that this is made for the pre-teen market and this type of thing is just their cup of tea.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 12, 2002
This is one of the rarest kinds of films: a family-oriented non-Disney film that is actually funny without hitting below the belt.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
February 11, 2002
A good, solid family film. Youngsters should find it hilarious and adults should be suitably amused.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 11, 2002
[A]n utterly charming and hilarious film that reminded me of the best of the Disney comedies from the 60s.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 10, 2002
A movie smallfry ages 6 to 10 think is terrific, and at the same time a movie that won't cause the accompanying parents to become homicidal.
| Original Score: 4/5
Dustin Putman
February 9, 2002
No earth-shattering accomplishment, but an unusually smart movie that the whole family can go to without a single person getting bored or talked down to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
February 9, 2002
An infinitely wittier version of the Home Alone formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 74/100
Eric D. Snider
February 8, 2002
A pretty decent kid-pleasing, tolerable-to-adults lark of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Top Critic
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
February 8, 2002
Manages to be sweet and wickedly satisfying at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
February 8, 2002
So much better than this sort of thing usually is that it counts as a big fat surprise.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
Rick Porter
February 25, 2004
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 21, 2004
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
December 15, 2003
Alexander Walker
This is London
December 15, 2003

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 2, 2002

Boston Phoenix
March 24, 2002
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Arizona Republic
March 4, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
February 9, 2002
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
February 7, 2002
Good Family fun, in the "Home Alone" vein.
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