The BFG Reviews

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July 22, 2016
This family-friendly blockbuster is not a Pixar pick-me-up, or a wacky Ice Age odyssey designed to send the little ones screaming excitedly through the foyer, hopped up on irony and wisecracks and heading directly for the nearest toy store.
July 1, 2016
Rylance gives a rueful rendition of the friendly giant.
July 1, 2016
In recent years, Spielberg has become a hit-and-miss filmmaker and this is closer to a "miss" than a "hit."
July 1, 2016
Rylance has again brought something transformational to a Spielberg film. He gives the kind of performance you can't look away from, even with all the big-budget delights.
July 1, 2016
As a character, the BFG is a wondrous creation, and Rylance does a magnificent job bringing him to life.
July 1, 2016
Leaves you believing in the magic of dreams.
July 1, 2016
"The BFG" remembers what it's like to see with the eyes of a child.
July 1, 2016
In Spielberg's grasp - mixing live-action and green screen, CG and motion-capture effects - the 1982 children's story becomes a large-scale tableau of impossibly wonderful images ...
June 30, 2016
There's a melancholy hanging over the film, too -- that it's [Melissa] Mathison's final screenwriting credit. It's also a lovely exit for a woman who always knew to never write down to her audience, children or not.
June 30, 2016
Like so many good dreams, it leaves us groping for a past that can never be recovered, but also looking ahead to a future that suddenly seems brighter, and friendlier, than we had dared to believe.
June 30, 2016
The most effective moments of "The BFG" are the ones that hit home with wistful emotion, but surprise with the possibilities of magic in connections - those moments that Spielberg and Dahl have defined for a generation.
Top Critic
June 30, 2016
The biggest emotional moments in The BFG combine Rylance's working-class humility and decency with subtle wrinkles in the animation that suggest a stirring of the soul. It's the rare CGI wonder that moves as well as awes.
June 30, 2016
There are good bits among the bad (the giant's bullying, bratty kinfolk especially), but mostly, there's simply not enough there.
June 30, 2016
You'd be forgiven for expecting it to be far more interesting than it is.
June 30, 2016
the special effects are spectacular. And there's no faulting Mark Rylance as the giant. But things get "a bit grumbly" when the worlds of Spielberg and Dahl collide.
June 30, 2016
It will be fascinating to see whether young moviegoers, accustomed to the frenzied pace of today's entertainments, will sit still for the intermittent languors of this one. I hope they will.
June 30, 2016
What's missing, above all, is the wild, palpable sense of excitement that has galvanized so many of Mr. Spielberg's other juvenile adventures, from "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" to "The Adventures of Tintin."
June 30, 2016
The extravagant expense of this Steven Spielberg production is evident in every frame, but no amount of money or technical trickery can make up for a story lacking any dramatic tension or a sympathetic protagonist.
June 30, 2016
Mostly, it works as a singular and slightly wobbly mash-up of two creative artists and their differing sensibilities, and it benefits greatly from the contributions of one brilliant actor and one little girl.
June 30, 2016
"The BFG" is mostly a big snooze, despite the earnest endeavors of Spielberg, Mathison and a buoyant John Williams score to create a sense of magic.
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