Big Fish Reviews

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March 12, 2018
When it catches fire, this great-looking movie offers hilarious diversions. And as father and son struggle toward a hard-won reconciliation, Big Fish reveals its beating heart.
February 27, 2007
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.
August 7, 2004
Overall, the film feels like it issues from a place Burton doesn't inhabit.
March 16, 2004
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.
January 8, 2004
A compelling look at the relationships between fathers and sons, and the child coming to terms with the parent's mortality.
June 27, 2019
[Director Tim Burton] manages to balance his whimsy and his visual aesthetics in ways that aren't overwhelming to the story and... are pleasing to me.
December 21, 2018
If you want an offbeat, funny, touching movie then Big Fish is for you
November 24, 2018
There's a covert tyranny in the strived-for moral behind this film which evidently sees itself as a worthy ode to the redeeming value of storytelling and the shaman art.
February 1, 2018
Big Fish has a hook, a line, but it's a sinker.
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