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: October 12, 2012
DVD 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

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.

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

...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.

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
Jesse Ortega
This a pretty damn good psychological thriller/character study of a man who, strangely enough, starts to live the life he always wanted to as a photographer,… 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