The Big Picture
The Big Picture (1989)

A young director fresh out of film school attempts to maintain his integrity in the face of the pressures and temptations of Hollywood in this appealing satire. The film's presentation of the director's subsequent journey through… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Befitting two of the co-authors of This is Spinal Tap, Guest and Michael McKean, The Big Picture displays a keen eye for the silliness of film biz customs, lingo and attitudes.

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Rob Gonsalves

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes chilling anti-Hollywood comedy.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If only it was as clever as it believes itself to be.

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

The movie references may strike some as in-jokey, but Guest's likeable film has enough jaundiced sideswipes and lighter chuckles to see it through its slacker spells.

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Dan Fienberg

Very slight, but it hits most of its Hollywood targets with a certain degree of savvy.

Scott Weinberg

A very clever satire of Hollywood, film school, moviedom in general, and a few specific goofballs.

Vincent Canby
New York Times

A consistently genial, intermittently funny send-up of the current Hollywood scene as demonstrated by the rise and fall of an award-winning film student.

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Scott Weinberg
Apollo Guide

The Movie Machine is skewered and lampooned with an impressive accuracy, but it never crosses the line into becoming an outright bash.

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Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

All in all this is a terrific comedy that punctures Hollywood's pretentiousness but is never mean-spirited about it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Ken Stachnik
Kind of like the Player and The Scret Life of Walter Mitty, but not nearly as good as either.
Jason Spencer
This was a good flick but there were elements introduced in the beginning of the movie that fell away. All of the actors did fine jobs but the movie was a… More
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