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Big Fish Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

    out of 100

    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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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  • 60

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Simultaneously beguiling and frustrating -- the product of an imagist and dramatist uncomfortably conjoined.

  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly 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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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Delightful, sad father-son story for teens and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has brief nudity, mild language, and fantasy peril. Sensitive kids may be upset by the death of a parent.

  • Families can talk about some of their favorite stories -- factual and fictional. Who tells the best tall tales in the family?

The good stuff
  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Strong African-American and female characters.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Fantasy peril, death of a character.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Brief nudity.

  • language false0

    Language: Mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking.