Big Fish Reviews

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December 25, 2003
Offers its audience a long and winding road, with refreshing pauses. And it proves that mega-budgets have not spoiled Tim Burton's vision.
December 25, 2003
There is no denying that Will has a point: The old man is a blowhard. There is a point at which his stories stop working as entertainment and segue into sadism.
December 25, 2003
The picture's images linger.
December 25, 2003
Mostly confined to bed throughout the film, Finney pulls us to him with a flawless combination of theatrical skill and movie-star radiance.
December 25, 2003
A whopper of a movie, told by the master of the modern-day fairy tale, Tim Burton.
December 25, 2003
Burton has not given his imagination such free rein since Edward Scissorhands, and this stands with that and the equally generous Ed Wood as one of his best movies.
December 23, 2003
The imaginatively illustrated but precariously precious film offers up a string of minor pleasures but never becomes more than moderately amusing or involving.
December 23, 2003
Big Fish is so strange and so literary that audiences seeking conventional fare may get impatient with it. But it always takes effort to catch the big ones. This one is worth it.
December 22, 2003
... an amazing looking film.
December 16, 2003
Big Fish makes a big push for transcendence, but the strain shows. It's like trying to push a daydream uphill.
Top Critic
December 11, 2003
A load of tripe that no attempt on my part could make sound half as pretentious and conceited as it really is.
December 10, 2003
The whole seems disjointed, incoherent and lacking in the startling originality of the other two Edwards (Scissorhands and Wood) who, half a career back, poured from Burton's distended outsider imagination.
December 10, 2003
You'd think that Burton, whose movies can be so invigoratingly nasty or so hypnotically moody, would be able to pull off a gentle, mainstream crowd-pleaser without making it dull or preachy. But Big Fish is both.
December 10, 2003
Big Fish takes a while to get its bearings, but it gets better and better.
December 10, 2003
A change-up delivery from a director seeking relief from his artful image, the movie wants to catch our ears rather than our eyes, and it does so without completely reeling us in.
December 10, 2003
Big Fish flounders largely because Burton leaves out the meaning of the story, which was about the seductive power of fiction. In offering no meaning besides pictures, Big Fish has no power at all.
December 10, 2003
Burton's best film since Edward Scissorhands.
December 10, 2003
The most curious thing about this magical-realist fable ... is how thin and soft it is, how unpersuasive and ultimately forgettable even its most strenuous inventions turn out to be.
December 10, 2003
There are quirks aplenty in Big Fish, but spirited performances from a talented cast, led by a standout Finney as the slippery-fish raconteur, help domesticate the wall-to-wall weirdness.
December 10, 2003
The movie has a great deal of charm and several good performances, but it is the son's judgmental doggedness that sets the story in motion and leads to its mawkish conclusion. It's a hurdle I couldn't get over.
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