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Big Trouble Reviews

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 6, 2002
In this clumsy attempt to merge farce with satire, the jokes repeatedly miss the mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
July 20, 2002
Mostly ... Sonnenfeld mishandles the broad part of the comedic formula, preferring repetition to thematic development.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2002
Because the tone is so light, so genial and eager to please, the whole enterprise seems the opposite of prescient. It seems naive, almost delusional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Rutigliano
Village Voice
April 9, 2002
Makes for distinctly uneasy viewing, as Big Trouble's massive subtext repeatedly threatens to overwhelm its haphazardly stylized diegesis.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 8, 2002
... Big Trouble produces only a very few small chuckles.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 6, 2002
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Joe Leydon
Variety
April 5, 2002
Like an overloaded aircraft at that security-challenged airport, Big Trouble moves forward in fits and starts but never manages to achieve sufficient momentum for a smooth, satisfying liftoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 5, 2002
One funny movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
April 5, 2002
The way the roundelay of partners functions, and the interplay within partnerships and among partnerships and the general air of Gator-bashing are consistently delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
April 5, 2002
I don't think I laughed out loud once. And when you're talking about a slapstick comedy, that's a pretty big problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
April 5, 2002
Based on a novel by Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry, but has none of the writer's trademark wit.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 5, 2002
I laughed. I didn't respect myself, or the movie, one bit after that.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
April 5, 2002
There are so many self-consciously screwy conceits begging for laughs in this lunatic fringe Miami Vice, the prize for crudest is anyone's call.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
April 5, 2002
Feels haphazard, as if the writers mistakenly thought they could achieve an air of frantic spontaneity by simply tossing in lots of characters doing silly stuff and stirring the pot.
| Original Score: C-
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
A frantic search for laughs, with a hit-to-miss ratio that doesn't exactly favour the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
April 5, 2002
Too scattered, too convoluted and far too hyper to get any workable comic steam going.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
April 5, 2002
What director Barry Sonnenfeld surely intended to be farce now only seems forced, and even actors as self-sufficient as Allen and Russo seem utterly flummoxed.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Renee Graham
Boston Globe
April 5, 2002
It desperately wants to be a wacky, screwball comedy, but the most screwy thing here is how so many talented people were convinced to waste their time.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2002
A playful trifle that feels so much like a genial knockoff of Get Shorty that it might as well be called Get Shorter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
April 5, 2002
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
April 5, 2002
A fast-moving, riotous comedy with a terrific ensemble cast.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
April 5, 2002
A good-natured ensemble comedy that tries hard to make the most of a bumper cast, but never quite gets off the ground.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 5, 2002
Manages to emerge winningly as an entertaining experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 5, 2002
It's the kind of movie you can't quite recommend because it is all windup and not much of a pitch, yet you can't bring yourself to dislike it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
April 4, 2002
Contradicts itself because it's a ramshackle comedy that's both rowdy and neatly pressed.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
April 4, 2002
The new comedy is enjoyable, but there's always a sense that it could be better.
| Original Score: C+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
April 4, 2002
Further proof that Sonnenfeld's career, brought to a screeching halt with the gaseous and pointless Wild Wild West, continues in the downward spiral.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 4, 2002
More trouble than it's worth.
| Original Score: 2/4
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April 4, 2002
On its own, Big Trouble could be considered a funny little film.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
April 4, 2002
It's a labored, needy comedy. The strain shows.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
April 4, 2002
The pacing is swift and the laughs are steady.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 4, 2002
A glorious mess.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
April 4, 2002
There are stretches of big fun in Big Trouble, and little pleasures too.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
April 3, 2002
The filmmakers keep pushing the jokes at the expense of character until things fall apart.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 28, 2002
The big problem with Big Trouble, despite a fine cast and director, is that the damn thing isn't funny.
| Original Score: 1/5