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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 77%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film doesn't so much reject history as selectively rewrite it to its own reactionary, even offensive ends. This might perhaps be just about tolerable were the film funny, illuminating, insightful or moving. It is not."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"A compelling look at the relationships between fathers and sons, and the child coming to terms with the parent's mortality."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"Delightful, sad father-son story for teens and up."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"Burton invokes the imagination from his crowd and succeeds in making us gasp in wonder."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Unfortunately, up until the end, the tall tales are far more interesting than reality."
‑ Joe Lozito, Big Picture Big Sound
"Overall, the film feels like it issues from a place Burton doesn't inhabit."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"A long-winded indulgence in tear-and-a-smile whimsy."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Reliant more on powerful familial emotions than wacky splendor, "Big Fish" treads as close to our real world as Tim Burton ever could - a melancholy dissection of paternal distance and never truly knowing how many lives those we love can truly affect."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Never has going fishing or getting caught been such a treat."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"I enjoyed Big Fish more than any film Burton has been involved with since maybe Nightmare Before Christmas."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Burton shows the rivalry between father and son but not the rancor, which seems to fit with the film's calm lyricism. But the father-son conflict is meant as the dramatic crux, and a forceful actor would have given it some much-needed bite."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A disappointingly dull thud of a fantasy."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Burton, favoring form over content, flavor over fact, has been often criticized for not knowing how to bring his work to satisfactory resolution. But I'd call that a good thing. Blame it on his dad."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"For all the story's twists, there are no real surprises (the ending is obvious 10 minutes in), and Burton's flourishes of self-satisfied frippery annoy as much as they amuse."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"For the first time since Ed Wood, Burton has transcended his hermetically-sealed world and connected with wider concerns."
‑ , Empire Magazine
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