Big Reviews

Sep 22, 2022
It remains one of the most technically thoughtful and precisely-controlled performances of [Tom Hanks's] entire career.
Jul 7, 2022
Big is not laugh-out-loud farce. Instead it’s a funny take on a situation that is potentially serious. [Full review in Spanish]
Mar 29, 2022
[Tom Hanks] put his all into this roll to make it believable.
Jun 28, 2021
Full of exquisite moments that help the film become both continually hilarious and unforgettably unique.
Dec 26, 2018
Director Penny Marshall doesn't hammer any themes or satire into the film; she, quite shrewdly, keeps Big likeably small. The comedy is natural and unforced, in no small part because of Hanks' wonderfully slapstick performance.
Oct 24, 2018
Oh, this movie. It's not sad, but it makes me tear up every single time without fail. It's delightfully 80s and Tom Hanks is an adorable heartbreaker.
Aug 23, 2016
What makes this all work, of course, is Hanks himself, who brings remarkable authenticity and simplicity to the role. He makes being a kid seem as wonderful as it was, and as scary and as confusing too.
Apr 3, 2016
Hanks, as a stranger in a strange land, gives us equal portions of laughs and insights into the worlds of both adults and adolescents. Big also offers up a very funny satire of corporate ladder climbing.
Jul 28, 2015
The film succeeds largely because of the splendid performance of Tom Hanks -- who is irresistibly funny as "big" Josh.
Dec 25, 2014
Tom Hanks is marvellously child-like as Josh, all restless energy, innocence and real pleasure in the liberation that being grown-up allows him.
Aug 11, 2014
Big may well be a formula fantasy movie, but Penny Marshall's polished direction combined with Hanks's gauche charm make it the best of the spate of body-swap movies turned out by Hollywood in the late 1980s.
Apr 18, 2014
A disarmingly sweet movie.
Dec 29, 2013
...an agreeable yet unremarkable piece of work.
Dec 16, 2013
A funny, bittersweet film that opens as a cautionary tale about growing up too fast, but deepens into a movie about the unplumbable gulf between childhood and adulthood.
Aug 2, 2013
A delightful comedy-fantasy.
Aug 2, 2013
There's also one absolutely charming moment when Hanks and Loggia leap from key to key to tap out the melody and harmony to "Heart and Soul" on a giant piano in the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store.
Aug 2, 2013
Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste.
Aug 2, 2013
An otherwise-hackneyed story of personality transmigration takes on new meaning -- accompanied by plenty of laughs -- all because of the film`s gregarious and clever star, Tom Hanks.
Aug 2, 2013
This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.
Jul 29, 2013
Big, which has been directed by Penny Marshall with verve and impeccable judgment, drops a child's innocence into the corporate rat race as if it were a depth charge.
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