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The BFG (1989)





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Roald Dahl's beloved book about a little girl who recruits a friendly giant and the Queen of England to defeat a hungry race of man-eating giants comes to the screen in this DreamWorks production. Steven Spielberg directs from a screenplay by Melissa Mathison (The Black Stallion, E.T.: The Extra Terrestrial), with Frank Marshall producing.

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All Critics (2)

A giant tale of imagination with a dark side.

Full Review… | October 14, 2010
Common Sense Media

The movie is slight and unimpressive, decent enough to charm young viewers, but too rough in spots to wow the way the better Dahl-based films have.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006

Audience Reviews for The BFG

A sweet little film that may be a little on the simple side but the BFG is a well animated film for younger viewers.

Todd Anderson
Todd Anderson

British-based animation studio Cosgrove Hall created this adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved novel about a gigantic but gentle being who forms a friendship with a human girl, Sophie. The production values aren't the greatest--the animation, although well drawn and imaginative for the most part, is a little too choppy in places, and the synthesizer-driven music occasionally borders into kitsch territory (although one musical number is quite lovely)--but most of the essence of Dahl's story remains intact. Loyal fans of the book may object, however, to some of the sandwiching and/or altering of certain scenes---notably the climactic capture of the giants and the final moment. Children will be ideally attracted to THE BFG, although there are some (mildly) scary moments and at least one song that involves flatuence. All in all, while not a great animated feature, THE BFG is a decent adaptation and a fairly good family flick.

Jon Turner
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