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Big Fish Reviews

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January 12, 2016
the father-and-son story to beat all father-and-son stories
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 22, 2010
Delightful, sad father-son story for teens and up.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2010
Reliant more on powerful familial emotions than wacky splendor, "Big Fish" treads as close to our real world as Tim Burton ever could - a melancholy dissection of paternal distance and never truly knowing how many lives those we love can truly affect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 21, 2009
Burton, favoring form over content, flavor over fact, has been often criticized for not knowing how to bring his work to satisfactory resolution. But I'd call that a good thing. Blame it on his dad.
April 29, 2009
Burton invokes the imagination from his crowd and succeeds in making us gasp in wonder.
October 18, 2008
Never has going fishing or getting caught been such a treat.
August 7, 2008
For all the story's twists, there are no real surprises (the ending is obvious 10 minutes in), and Burton's flourishes of self-satisfied frippery annoy as much as they amuse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
December 27, 2007
Unfortunately, up until the end, the tall tales are far more interesting than reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 23, 2007
I enjoyed Big Fish more than any film Burton has been involved with since maybe Nightmare Before Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2006
For the first time since Ed Wood, Burton has transcended his hermetically-sealed world and connected with wider concerns.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2006
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.
December 9, 2005
As we grow older, we understand that these little white lies, this expansion of the truth, tells just as much about our parents as the actual non fiction-aided history does.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
December 6, 2005
A tale that's so enriching, so heartwarming, so funny, so touching and so breathtaking, you'll wonder why the king of wackiness didn't branch out sooner.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 6, 2005
Big Fish is a stunning piece of work that is not only sincere and full of passion, but is based on a world that is normal...well, about as normal as you're going to get for a Tim Burton movie that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2005
Think The Arabian Nights meets Grimm's Fairy Tales with just a touch of Forrest Gump and The Wizard of Oz tossed in for good measure.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
November 11, 2005
Plays to Burton's strengths as an auteur of fantasy colliding with reality.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 5, 2005
The film's core is all heart, but surrounding the dramatic moments is a pure sense of humor that generated more genuine laughter than any comedy I've seen in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 3, 2005
An ebullient tall tale about the magic of imagination and the power of myth.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 5, 2005
Big Fish is, in the end, a small tale, but it's a beautifully told one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2005
[Burton] celebrates the empty imaginings of the lost, because he assumes there is no real liberation, there is no glory awaiting us, except that which we invent for ourselves.
Read More | Original Score: B-
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