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Bigger Than the Sky (2005)

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Average Rating: 3.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 9

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A regular guy adds some much-needed drama to his life in this comedy. Peter Rooker (Marcus Thomas) is a man who has come to a crossroads in his life -- he's just been given his walking papers by his girlfriend, has lost interest in his job, and is looking for something new in his life. Filled with ennui, one evening Peter walks into a small theater where a community drama company is holding auditions for a production of Cyrano de Bergerac. While Peter has no acting experience and stumbles

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Drama, Comedy

Rodney Vaccaro

Jun 21, 2005

MGM/UA

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All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (14) | DVD (3)

An off-putting combination of earnestness and apparent disregard for audience involvement.

February 23, 2005
Hollywood Reporter
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Are the filmmakers making meta use of a bland, uncharismatic actor to play a bland, uncharismatic actor who plays one of the theater's most memorable men? Nah, thinking like that requires panache.

February 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Bigger lopes along endlessly, a no-surprises foray into backstage high jinks and the notion of life as the best acting coach there is.

February 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Nearly two hours of an earnest, predictable comedy about a pathetic schlemiel who hopes to redeem himself by acting in the community theater.

February 18, 2005
New York Post
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It's strictly amateur hour.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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Painfully well-intentioned, the film is undone by a lead character who undermines any goodwill earned by the performances of John Corbett, Amy Smart, Clare Higgins, Allan Corduner, Patty Duke and Sean Astin.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Bigger Than the Sky is, like its lead character, equal parts endearing and exasperating.

February 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Feels constrained by its unshakable predisposition toward actorly fawning.

February 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

The story is as predictable as it is saccharine. Apart from the presence of local landmarks, there's no reason the Rose City should be proud of this effort.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

As the main character learns his life lesson from those kooky thespians, the rest of us are just reminded why we avoided drama club in the first place.

February 18, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A sweet story can't overcome a seriously flawed film.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It feels like a work in progress, but there is promise.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Yup, this is another one of those flicks about how wacky life in the theater is, and how wacky theater people are, but it's a thoroughly charming example of the breed.

February 17, 2005 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Audience Reviews for Bigger Than the Sky

Ahh, the theater, the theater, and here's a nod to loving the stage life by first time director Corley ... that sadly fails only with the casting of the lead, who embodies the drone he begins as at first, yet cannot realise the character arc to larger-than-life animal that the script calls for later. What is interesting though, beside the main plots fail, is Patty Duke and her son working together (and that she is a twin once more!).
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