The Big Bang Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 8, 2011
A low-rent neo-noir propped up by descriptions of, rather than depictions of, sexual kink and an odd interest in quantum physics.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Andrew Barker
Variety
May 11, 2011
The Big Bang is a borderline unintelligible, scattershot attempt at Lynchian neo-noir that takes intellectual and aesthetic risks it has no reasonable hope of pulling off.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 9, 2011
A big disappointment for fans of Antonio Banderas and film noir.
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Nick Schager
Time Out
May 10, 2011
Krantz has a penchant for stylization that quickly slides into a velvet-painting cheesiness, which-along with the script's pseudoprofound Philosophy 101 maxims-renders the atmosphere less noirish than ridiculously cartoonish.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
May 12, 2011
Doesn't always supply the smoothest ride of revelations and comeuppance, spending more time sorting out its homework than dealing with the sweet slings of sleaze and suspense that often define the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 13, 2011
For a noir, the film is way too talky and convoluted, yet for a physics lesson, it's trash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
May 11, 2011
The film's bleary, neon glamour and penchant for the bizarre suggests an attempted -- and wayward -- homage to David Lynch.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
May 22, 2011
A colossally strange film noir misfire, The Big Bang tries to inject the soupy moodiness of the noir genre with a surfeit of cool and edgy thrills, but, ironically, it's actually just a big snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 12, 2011
I have a mental picture of the film's creators, stoned out of their minds on who knows what, cackling crazily as they outline a movie that would have more appropriately been titled "The Big Goof."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
May 12, 2011
Even with Antonio Banderas leading a cast of familiar faces, the movie never rises above a style-over-substance exercise.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
May 11, 2011
You go away wondering out loud (with merit) how and where they find the money to make any movie as brain-damaged, inept, unsupervised and moronic as The Big Bang.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
May 13, 2011
Is Antonio Banderas's career really such a big bust? On the one hand, it's a shame to see a talented guy slumming in this budget-bin thriller. On the other, it'd be entirely unwatchable without him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
D.K. Holm
Vancouver Voice
May 30, 2011
he script ultimately wastes the talents of actors
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
June 22, 2011
Film noir for physics geeks, The Big Bang ... is a clever, if relentlessly dramatic (despite stabs at levity), existential detective story.
Jason Best
Movie Talk
March 14, 2015
Raymond Chandler meets Stephen Hawking in flashy film noir thriller The Big Bang, a bizarre mash-up of private-eye sleuthing and subatomic physics.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 13, 2011
Where else can you see a movie where a sexy waitress says, "Reality is just a wave function"?
Full Review | Original Score: B
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