100

Premiere

By Glenn Kenny
Big Fish really is a big delight.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Director Tim Burton finally hooks the one that got away: a script that challenges and deepens his visionary talent.
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88

USA Today

By Mike Clark
Has enough tasty bait to satisfy an array of moviegoers: Burton fans, Albert Finney fans, fans of tall tales well spun by experts and fans of movies that don't look like any other.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Burton's film is an American version of the Odyssey.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is a gently overstuffed cinematic piñata, crammed with tall tales -- with giants and circuses and fairy-tale woods, plus a huge squirmy catfish, all served up with a literal matter-of-fact fancy that is very pleasing.
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63

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
The actor's job here is the hardest to pull off, since practical skepticism in a Tim Burton picture is next to villainy. Yet Crudup suggests complex grown-up feelings that makes the rest of Big Fish feel like an earnest collection of magic tricks.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
But Burton and August have added ­anger to the mix, and it sours much of the otherwise wondrous tone.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Simultaneously beguiling and frustrating -- the product of an imagist and dramatist uncomfortably conjoined.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A misfire. The film that wants to be lighter than air instead crashes to earth with the swiftness of a concrete parachute.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A long-winded indulgence in tear-and-a-smile whimsy, elevated above the merely irritating and saccharine by compelling art direction.
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58 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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