75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A surprisingly entertaining movie -- one of those good-hearted comedies like "Spy Kids" where reality is put on hold while bright teenagers outsmart the best and worst the adult world has to offer. It's ideal for younger kids, and not painful for their parents.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
A harmless and mildly amusing family comedy.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Big Fat Liar becomes a progression of increasingly elaborate slapstick stunts, in the brutal, noisy "Home Alone" vein, in which the complexity of the pranks rarely yields a commensurate comic reward.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Robert K. Elder
Plays so flat, so to close its "movie message" formula, that it seems as if we've seen this movie before.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The result is a children's movie that's almost worth seeing even when not accompanied by a child. It's certainly a painless experience, and at times it's quite funny.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Not so admirably, the film feels at times like a giant commercial for Universal Studios.
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38

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Offers little in the way of pleasure, even to its target audience -- the easily pleased and undemanding.
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38

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
What starts as a cute premise crashes faster than a skateboard with an oak branch shoved between its wheels.
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
There are lame comedies, and then there is Big Fat Liar, which is so lame that it merits its own reserved parking space.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
How appealing is Muniz, taking a break from ''Malcolm in the Middle,'' a day job he should by no means let go of?
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36 out of 100
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