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: September 15, 1989
DVD Release Date: October 8, 2002
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The Big Picture aims at targets that might not be familiar to viewers who aren't well-versed in movie-biz chicanery, but hits most of them so solidly that laughter is the only option.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

[A] hilariously canny 1989 satire about contemporary filmmaking in Hollywood.

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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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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

Partly romance, partly fantasy, partly satire on what passes for life in Hollywood -- and all charm -- this movie even has a perfect title.

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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

You keep rooting for this Hollywood sendup to make it, even as the bad ideas start gaining on the good.

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TV Guide

A failed attempt to spoof the wheelers and dealers behind the scenes in Hollywood.

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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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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A genial and funny satire/comedy about an up-and-coming student filmmaker.

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Rob Gonsalves

Sometimes hilarious, sometimes chilling anti-Hollywood comedy.

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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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