The Big Picture
The Big Picture (2012)

Paul Exben is a success story -- a great job, a beautiful wife and two wonderful sons. Except that this is not the life he has been dreaming of. A moment of madness is going to change his life, forcing him to assume a new identity that will… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 19, 2013
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"The Big Picture" ends perhaps a bit too ambiguously, but there's something refreshing about its faith in the moviegoer's intelligence.

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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

It moves, with supple muscularity, toward a twisty and satisfying conclusion.

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Marc Mohan
Oregonian

A decent-enough treat for fans of this particular Gallic genre.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Director Eric Lartigau tells the story slowly, less interested in suspense than in character.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Duris is excellent, his hair and eyes growing wilder with each step of the journey, and he has solid support ...

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Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters

...the ambiguity of the French title, L'homme qui voulait vivre sa vie ("The man who wanted to live his life"), is a much better fit for the film that the rather bland English title...

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Takes familiar material - involving a violent crime and an assumed identity - and nudges it just enough to keep us interested for most of the ride.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

A dark little fable, the story of two separate roads that briefly intersect - and what happens when a man suddenly jumps from one mapped journey to the other.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Makes full use of Duris' essential "lost" whimsicality.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
"The Big Picture" starts with the sounds of a baby crying that Paul(Romain Duris), a lawyer, answers, leaving his wife Sarah(Marina Fois) to enjoy her… More
Daniel Parsons
A difficult to categorise, deeply immersive beautifully shot and acted anti-thriller. Romain Duris puts in a typically impressive performance as a hard-working… More