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The Big Sick Reviews

July 11, 2017
It's funny, touching, and perceptive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2017
"The Big Sick" has a big heart and shows there are still corners left to explore in romantic comedies; it just takes someone willing to find them.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 6, 2017
"The Big Sick" has a lot of charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 5, 2017
Mostly, the movie works for the reason that all the best rom-coms do: you fall in love, a little bit, with Kumail and Emily, and want them to stay together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 3, 2017
"The Big Sick" suffers from an excess of pleasantness, and this very pleasantness thins out its substance, blands out its tone, weakens its comedy.
June 30, 2017
All the best romantic comedies get even better upon repeat viewings. I'm fully confident The Big Sick will pass that test the next time I see it, which will be very soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 30, 2017
Like all Judd Apatow-supervised productions, it's about 10 minutes too long, but that is a small complaint when weighed against Nanjiani and Co.'s remarkable achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2017
The movie chugs along on the chemistry between Nanjiani, acquitting himself well as a droll leading man, and Zoe Kazan as his sunny, devoted sweetheart, though they're completely upstaged by Holly Hunter and Ray Romano as the girlfriend's parents
June 29, 2017
It's a serious love letter to real life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2017
Hilarious and heartbreaking with no clear trajectory, frequently catching viewers off guard, it's a rom-com of both heart and brain about a couple tested by illness and clashing cultures.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2017
It's a movie that not only puts human imperfections and incongruities on display, but also revels in them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2017
The movie treats the people on screen generously, and it's a romantic comedy with surprising depth of feeling, glancing on all sorts of things: race, religion, tolerance, understanding, the competitive peculiarity of stand-up comedy ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2017
You don't have to hole up at home praying to the Netflix, Amazon and Hulu gods for cinematic salvation until the fall. Case in point: "The Big Sick," a small movie that makes a big impact.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 29, 2017
I love "The Big Sick."
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 28, 2017
"The Big Sick," with ease and seeming effortlessness, makes us care a lot of about these people, together and separately. And their journey is odd enough to be interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 24, 2017
The recent death of the American rom-com has been much remarked upon, but it only takes one great film to zap it back into life. The Big Sick just might be that film.
June 23, 2017
Those are a lot of plates for any film to keep spinning, and while it isn't always a complete success - it could stand to lose 15 or 20 minutes - it's the kind of sweetly funny movie love story that's so bizarre that it has to be real.
June 23, 2017
There is comic gold in the cultural disconnect between Kumail and Emily's congenial, if politically incorrect, father.
June 23, 2017
To call The Big Sick the best comedy so far this year is to skimp its appeal. It's a very funny movie with a surprising amount of depth, and somehow the jokes and the seriousness heighten each other.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Top Critic
June 22, 2017
Movie characters spend more time lounging around hospitals than pharmacy reps, but The Big Sick is the first "hospital film" in a while that makes us feel the stakes of a vicious mystery disease in our guts.
June 22, 2017
It's a lot for any movie to take on. The Big Sick pulls it off with unquenchable humor and ineffable grace.
June 22, 2017
Invigorates the Apatovian formula and indeed an entire genre with a thorny study of interracial relationships and the bonds that hold immigrant families together across an ever-widening generation gap.
June 22, 2017
This is an impressive first feature, one that resonates more strongly thanks to its fact-based underpinnings.
June 22, 2017
Again and again, [Showalter] finds that laughter-through-tears sweet spot, often in the unlikeliest of places.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 22, 2017
A joyous, generous-hearted romantic comedy that, even as it veers into difficult terrain, insists that we just need to keep on laughing.
June 21, 2017
It's an exceedingly high degree of difficulty to hit the perfect chord of humor and heart, plucking the heartstrings just so, blending laughter and tears, and "The Big Sick" strums them just right.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2017
Comic Kumail Nanjiani and his wife/co-screenwriter Emily V. Gordon carve this heartfelt love story out of her health crisis and their own culture-clash relationship. Not just the funniest romcom in ages, it's one of 2017's best films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 21, 2017
The Big Sick becomes a story rarely explored or romanticized on film, about what it's like to bond with the parents of the person you're in love with.
June 21, 2017
There's ... a great deal of real life here, even beyond the initial situations. The jokes, many of them lifted from Nanjiani's own routines, are often edgy and politically engaged. The couple's tensions are honest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 20, 2017
Some stories are too good to be true, and some true stories are too good for the movies. Luckily for us, The Big Sick is neither.
June 19, 2017
Deft and appealing ...
June 15, 2017
This movie keeps a lot of balls in the air: generational and cultural conflict, hospital drama, screwball banter-and only rarely lets one drop.
February 22, 2017
The movie's so good... in part because of the degree to which it considers marriage not just as a relationship between two people but between two families.
February 2, 2017
Already, The Big Sick is scoring points on familiar rom-com territory, so when it suddenly morphs into a completely different film -- a bracingly sophisticated one -- you'll want to cry with happiness. (The real tears will come soon enough.)
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
January 30, 2017
Infused with honesty and authenticity, Michael Showalter's crowd-pleaser is an instantly winning heart-stealer and a superbly well-timed story of culture clash that resolves into a lovely tale of mutual understanding and acceptance.
January 30, 2017
Comedian and actor Kumail Nanjiani and writer Emily V. Gordon mine their personal history for laughs, heartache, and hard-earned insight in The Big Sick, a film that's by turns romantic, rueful, and hilarious.
January 30, 2017
A deserved leading man turn for Silicon Valley" star Kumail Nanjiani.
January 25, 2017
Nanjiani and Showalter imbue the film with so much more character-based truth than we usually see from the genre. It's the best romantic comedy in years.
January 25, 2017
So well acted and dense with insights into the culture clash at its center that nothing about the central dynamic is strained.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Top Critic
January 22, 2017
The Big Sick is an enormous crowdpleaser, funny and touching in about equal measure, built atop an intense experience, and wise about the ways we interact with both our own parents and those of the people we date.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
January 21, 2017
A funny and tender drawn-from-life love story.