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More than anything else, 13-year old New Jerseyite Josh (David Moscow) wants to be "big". That's the wish he makes at an odd-looking amusement pier fortunetelling machine. The next morning, Josh wakes up-only to discover that he's grown to manhood overnight! (At this point, the part is taken over by Tom Hanks). Still a 13-year-old mentally and emotionally, Josh decides to hide out in New York City until he can figure out what to do next. He lucks into a job with a major toy company run by kid-at-heart McMillan (Robert Loggia). By cannily bringing a child's eye view to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A delightful comedy-fantasy."
‑ Gerald Clarke, TIME Magazine
"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."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Big may well be a formula fantasy movie, but Penny Marshall's polished direction combined with Hanks's gauche charm make it the best of the spate of body-swap movies turned out by Hollywood in the late 1980s."
‑ Peter Freedman, Radio Times
" agreeable yet unremarkable piece of work."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"There's also one absolutely charming moment when Hanks and Loggia leap from key to key to tap out the melody and harmony to "Heart and Soul" on a giant piano in the F.A.O. Schwarz toy store."
‑ Ben Yagoda, Philadelphia Daily News
"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."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"When Marshall brings Hanks and Perkins together, she discovers a grace and lightness in their relationship that transcends the pinched thematics of the script."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"Joyously entertaining, escapist stuff."
‑ , Total Film
"A funny, bittersweet film that opens as a cautionary tale about growing up too fast, but deepens into a movie about the unplumbable gulf between childhood and adulthood."
‑ Keith Phipps, The Dissolve
"An otherwise-hackneyed story of personality transmigration takes on new meaning -- accompanied by plenty of laughs -- all because of the film`s gregarious and clever star, Tom Hanks."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Not a major movie but a pleasing one."
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"A disarmingly sweet movie."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"If "Splash" was the film that gave the 'Bosom Buddies' star his first big movie role, "Big" was the one that showed the industry and audiences that this guy Hanks can act."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"One of the best comedies about body-switching, Big is charming and occasioally witty with a splendid, star-making performance by Tom Hanks."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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