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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
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Gerald Clarke
TIME Magazine
August 2, 2013
A delightful comedy-fantasy.
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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
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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
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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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Variety Staff
Variety
April 1, 2008
Unspools with enjoyable genuineness and ingenuity.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Marshall, Hanks, and his co-stars seldom put a foot wrong.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
For any other full-grown actors who try their hands at fidgeting, squirming, throwing water balloons and wolfing down food in a huge variety of comically disgusting ways, this really is the performance to beat.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
What's great about it is that it shows how wonderfully full of toys the world of adults can be. And though this may fall under the heading of tiny, perhaps even fatuous, revelations, it does send you out of the theater with a lighter step.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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