The Next Big Thing
The Next Big Thing (2002)

P.J. Posner directs the romantic comedy The Next Big Thing. Struggling painter Gus Bishop (Chris Eigeman) gets involved in a scam to make it into the cutthroat New York art world. Con man Deech Scumble (Jamie Harris) dreams up the identity… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: October 29, 2002
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Critic Score: 41% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

A feeble and tedious satire on the New York art scene.

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Ed Park
Village Voice

The concept is simple, even irresistible, but Posner's dishearteningly unsophisticated treatment itself rings false.

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Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy

The send-up here is relatively weak

Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

Squandering a potentially juicy subject for ridicule, the film simply doesn't have the wit necessary to do it justice, relying instead on obvious jokes and stereotypical characterizations.

Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

The female characters, with the exception of Britton, tend toward vulgar and the men register at various degrees of obnoxiousness.

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Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

Irritatingly cutesy and self-satisfied on top of it all, making the picture something of an endurance test besides being a misfire.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

A deftly satisfying, comically coherent sendup of the world of art.

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Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

An amusing, light-hearted satire of a Manhattan art world.

Gregory Weinkauf
New Times

The movie's rife with types ... but any story's a good story if it's told well, and this one is, with chuckles to spare.

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