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The Big Picture Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 21, 2016
A genial and funny satire/comedy about an up-and-coming student filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ralph Novak
People Magazine
February 2, 2016
Partly romance, partly fantasy, partly satire on what passes for life in Hollywood -- and all charm -- this movie even has a perfect title.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
February 2, 2016
[A] hilariously canny 1989 satire about contemporary filmmaking in Hollywood.

TV Guide
February 2, 2016
A failed attempt to spoof the wheelers and dealers behind the scenes in Hollywood.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Variety Staff
March 11, 2009
Befitting two of the co-authors of This is Spinal Tap, Guest and Michael McKean, The Big Picture displays a keen eye for the silliness of film biz customs, lingo and attitudes.
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes chilling anti-Hollywood comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 9, 2006
The movie references may strike some as in-jokey, but Guest's likeable film has enough jaundiced sideswipes and lighter chuckles to see it through its slacker spells.
Dan Fienberg
November 20, 2005
Very slight, but it hits most of its Hollywood targets with a certain degree of savvy.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A consistently genial, intermittently funny send-up of the current Hollywood scene as demonstrated by the rise and fall of an award-winning film student.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide
October 29, 2003
The Movie Machine is skewered and lampooned with an impressive accuracy, but it never crosses the line into becoming an outright bash.
Read More | Original Score: 80/100
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 13, 2003
If only it was as clever as it believes itself to be.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
A very clever satire of Hollywood, film school, moviedom in general, and a few specific goofballs.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
May 12, 2001
You keep rooting for this Hollywood sendup to make it, even as the bad ideas start gaining on the good.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
All in all this is a terrific comedy that punctures Hollywood's pretentiousness but is never mean-spirited about it.
Cole Smithey
September 24, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
August 30, 2005
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Emanuel Levy
June 26, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 27, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
December 30, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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