Big
Big (1988)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 18, 2001
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97%
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81%



Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Refreshingly sweet and undeniably funny, Big is a showcase for Tom Hanks, who dives into his role and infuses it with charm and surprising poignancy.

Gerald Clarke
TIME Magazine

A delightful comedy-fantasy.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Victoria Mather
Daily Telegraph

Tom Hanks is marvellously child-like as Josh, all restless energy, innocence and real pleasure in the liberation that being grown-up allows him.

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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

When Marshall brings Hanks and Perkins together, she discovers a grace and lightness in their relationship that transcends the pinched thematics of the script.

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Peter Freedman
Radio 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.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This setup isn't exactly what you'd call plausible, but the follow-through is consistent and clever.

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

Not a major movie but a pleasing one.

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Total Film

Joyously entertaining, escapist stuff.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Big is a pretty good film that I enjoyed, but I felt it wasn't as good as what everyone has said about. The film is good for what it is, but it leaves a… More
Dean !
I finally got round to seeing it and I have to say, What is the Big deal? Considered a classic, nice idea done many times since and better in my opinion.… More
Albert Kim
After many years, this formula works wonders. Every turn it takes, it's entertaining. Not much more then that. Tom Hanks was fantastic.
Michael Edwards
The films humor is close to being safe and innocent family fun with a few winks to the adults and is a great film for the family ages 10+. Its not a straight up… More
Directors Cat
Big is unbelievably charming and the performance by Hanks is totally sweet and believable. The Oscar should have went to Hanks in this uniquely amazing comedy
Manu Gino
Yesterday Josh Wanted Everything In Life - Girls...Money...Cars... Today, All His Wildest Dreams Have Come True! Saw it again! Great Movie! This is Tom Hanks… More

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