Big - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Big Reviews

Page 1 of 4
Top Critic
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.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
November 4, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
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
Top Critic
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.
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.
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
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Wonderful story with some mature material.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
January 1, 1988
The film is funny, sweet, and even a little edgy. It's also emotionally honest and almost never crass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 3, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
June 3, 2007
Hanks so convincingly played a grown-up with a 12-year-old mind that he transformed instantly in the public eye from a run-of-the-mill comedy star to a respected actor with limitless potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 19, 2005
Great performance by Hanks makes this a winner.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
July 25, 2002
Thanks almost exclusively to Tom Hanks, "Big" is far and away the best "age-switch" flick out there.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 30, 2002
Charming and lightweight, if a trifle earnest at times.
| Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
May 7, 2007
The picture still stands proud as a comedy easy chair of sorts, but even more vividly as Tom Hanks's finest hour as an actor.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Who can forget the grungy hotel clerk played by Rockets Redglare?
Full Review | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
April 1, 2008
Unspools with enjoyable genuineness and ingenuity.
Page 1 of 4