The Big Empty
The Big Empty (2003)

A guy looking for easy money gets a lot more than he bargained for in this noir-flavored independent comedy. John Person (Jon Favreau) is a struggling actor living in Los Angeles who is starting to buckle under the pressure of his own… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

The Big Empty is much more a romantic fable than Swingers, the singles comedy that established Favreau but has a similarly jovial, unpretentious charm.

Christopher Null

If any film is destined to find a cult audience on DVD, it's The Big Empty.

Carlo Cavagna

Some may praise The Big Empty as a poor man's David Lynch-meets-The X-Files, but it's more of a starving homeless man's David Lynch-meets-The X-Files.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

More amiable than laugh-out-loud funny.

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Todd Gilchrist

Thanks to Favreau, even the film's most ridiculous detours carry a certain plausibility; he shines his indignities on and perseveres, and we can't help but sympathize.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

I found the sicko humor enjoyable enough.

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Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly

Anderson squanders the setting's potential and a cast of indie-movie all-stars in his muddled and weak feature.

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Flixster Audience Score: 48% Flixster User Reviews
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