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James Plath
Family Home Theater
April 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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
July 28, 2015
The film succeeds largely because of the splendid performance of Tom Hanks -- who is irresistibly funny as "big" Josh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Victoria Mather
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Freedman
Radio Times
August 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
August 11, 2014
Joyously entertaining, escapist stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 18, 2014
A disarmingly sweet movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 29, 2013 agreeable yet unremarkable piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Keith Phipps
The Dissolve
December 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gerald Clarke
TIME Magazine
August 2, 2013
A delightful comedy-fantasy.
Ben Yagoda
Philadelphia Daily News
August 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.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
August 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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
August 2, 2013
This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
July 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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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
When Marshall brings Hanks and Perkins together, she discovers a grace and lightness in their relationship that transcends the pinched thematics of the script.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
January 16, 2013
Not a major movie but a pleasing one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Emanuel Levy
August 6, 2011
One of the best comedies about body-switching, Big is charming and occasioally witty with a splendid, star-making performance by Tom Hanks.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Wonderful story with some mature material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
May 20, 2009
One of Hollywood's all-time most appealing magic realist fantasies. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
April 1, 2008
As far as the movie's message is considered -- if only grown-ups could be more like kids -- Jerry Lewis did an infinitely better job of plugging it in the 50s.
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