Big Fish

Critic Score

77%

User Score

89%
In theaters Dec 10, 2003
PG-13, 2 hr. 5 min.

Trailer

Movie Info

Synopsis: The story of a braggart and exaggerator, Edward Bloom, and his son, William, who--after a long estrangement--returns home only to learn his father is dying of cancer. Desperate to know the complicated
Director: Tim Burton
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 2 hr. 5 min.
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Theater Release: Dec 10, 2003
DVD Release: Apr 27, 2004

Cast

Ewan McGregor

Young Ed Bloom
Albert Finney

Senior Ed Bloom
Billy Crudup

Will Bloom
Jessica Lange

Senior Sandra Bloom
Alison Lohman

Young Sandra Bloom
Robert Guillaume

Senior Dr. Bennett
Marion Cotillard

Josephine Bloom
David Denman

Don Price (Age 18-22...
David Denham

Don Price (age 18-22...

Critic Reviews

Consensus: A charming father-and-son tale filled with typical Tim Burton flourishes.
  • The film doesn't so much reject history as selectively rewrite it to its own reactionary, even offensive ends. This might perhaps be just about tolerable were the film funny, illuminating, insightful or moving. It is not. More...
  • Overall, the film feels like it issues from a place Burton doesn't inhabit. More...
  • Burton shows the rivalry between father and son but not the rancor, which seems to fit with the film's calm lyricism. But the father-son conflict is meant as the dramatic crux, and a forceful actor would have given it some much-needed bite. More...
  • A compelling look at the relationships between fathers and sons, and the child coming to terms with the parent's mortality. More...
  • A long-winded indulgence in tear-and-a-smile whimsy. More...
  • A disappointingly dull thud of a fantasy. More...
  • Somewhat like Forrest Gump on a high colonic. More...
  • Burton's fabled imagination runs wild with this material, and Big Fish often achieves a whimsical, poetic beauty. More...
  • Clocking in at two hours, it runs way too long for a flight of fancy, packs a couple of false endings, and, a first for Burton, feels flat and familiar, like recycled Ray Bradbury. More...
  • For me, a Will who wishes she were an Edward, the movie inspired by the Daniel Wallace novel is a minor classic. More...

User Reviews

  • Beautiful visually and emotionally. A wonderful examination of relationships and mortality. Albert Finney proves again what a fine actor he is.
  • Will Bloom: A man tells so many stories, that he becomes the stories. They live on after him, and in that way he becomes immortal. "An Adventure As...
  • Fantasy movie by Tim Burton. A man is dying of cancer. His son is desperate to know his father. He tells him how he met his mother. Great cast and...
  • Tim Burton may be the biggest name attached to Big Fish, but its really screenwriter John Augusts' movie, as he masterfully adapts a book about...
  • A continuously surprising journey, highly re-watchable, and one of the best endings I've ever seen. May be Burton's best.
  • The definition of original this film literally makes you feel every emotion a human body can handle. Surreal without being confusing and touching...
  • Brilliantly told story. I always forget how much I love this film. Tim Burton at his best.
  • It's one of the most creative and visually captivating films. It also has one of the finest actors out there giving a great performance, Ewan...
  • What a man's life isn't what it is, but how he sees it. It's full of whimsical, entertaining, alluring visuals and smart allegory but never actually...
  • A feel good film that explores the imaginative storytellings of a dying man. The emotions and creative visuals are good, but some of the story is a...