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  • Summary: At a carnival, young Josh Baskin wishes he was big only to awake the next morning and discover he is! With the help of his friend Billy, Josh lands a job at a toy company. But the more he experiences being an adult, the more Josh longs for the simple joys of childhood. [Twentieth Century Fox]
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Donna Britt
    100
    Unpretentious as it is, Big takes you beyond laughter, to where you live. And there's nothing small about that. [3 Jun 1988, p.1D]
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    88
    Big is a winning, charming film, primarily because Hanks makes it work. He is extraordinarily convincing as an adolescent who suddenly finds himself dealing with a new, adult body, responsibilities, and a romantic relationship, while simultaneously trying to survive vicious corporate infighting.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Blowen
    88
    Big is an example of what has become rare in Hollywood -- a self-confident comedy that transforms an old gimmick into a new, vivid experience. It's as funny for the kids as it is for adults and, for that reason alone, can't be recommended too highly. [3 Jun 1988, p.33]
  4. Reviewed by: Joe Brown
    80
    Big is never condescending to or smuttily smirky about kids. And it doesn't make fun of grownups, either. It just feels sorry for them a little. [3 Jun 1988, p.n37]
  5. The greatest thing about Big is that its makers have known how to end it in a thoroughly satisfying fashion, which is always the challenge-and often the stumbling block-of fantasy. In never confusing what is child-like with childishness, Big is actually a refreshingly grown-up comedy-for the entire family. [3 Jun 1988, p.1]
  6. Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    Dec 16, 2013
    75
    Penny Marshall brings a logic to the premise that is sustained through most of the movie. And where the other movies snickered at the sexual possibilities in the idea, she faces up to them with both candor and taste.
  7. Once again, the overall premise is milked for some mild titillation involving the hero's sexual innocence, making one wonder if the genre's popularity might involve some deeply sublimated form of kiddie porn--arguably the distilled ideological essence of squeaky-clean Reaganism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Sep 15, 2011
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I finally got a chance to see this movie recently. While the beginning felt like it was rushed, once Josh becomes an adult, everything is hilarious and sweet from that moment till the beautiful ending. Expand
  2. Apr 16, 2014
    8
    Big is a wonderful story that connects with audiences young and old. The kids watching this movie will want to be "big", just like the manBig is a wonderful story that connects with audiences young and old. The kids watching this movie will want to be "big", just like the man they see on the screen; the adults watching this movie will remember a time when they were just like him, looking at the world the way Hanks' character does. Expand
  3. Dec 25, 2014
    8
    When thirteen year old Josh Bashkin (Hanks) is unable to ride the roller-coasters at the theme park he makes he wish that he was bigger.When thirteen year old Josh Bashkin (Hanks) is unable to ride the roller-coasters at the theme park he makes he wish that he was bigger. Waking the next morning he finds he has suddenly become an adult.

    Big has been imitated many times over the years but, thanks in large part to the excellent central performance from Tom Hanks, it has never been bettered. One of the 80's best feel good movies.
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  4. Apr 18, 2014
    7
    Big is a pretty good comedy overall with a touching story to boot. Throughout, laughs are provided as you watch the absurdity of theBig is a pretty good comedy overall with a touching story to boot. Throughout, laughs are provided as you watch the absurdity of the situations that Josh Baskin finds himself in and that is coupled with a touching story that we can all relate to as we age (though not quite as rapidly, haha). The film is admittedly a little cheesy at times, but it never really bothered me honestly. In the lead role, Tom Hanks is killer and plays the grown up overnight role perfectly and really embodies the little "ticks" you would expect from somebody who underwent the transformation he underwent. Overall, this film is far from a cinematic masterpiece, but is a cute little comedy that is endlessly enjoyable. Expand
  5. Sep 15, 2011
    6
    The movie is cheesy and childish; the only thing that holds the movie in one piece is Tom Hanks.
  6. Apr 26, 2011
    6
    Tom Hanks shows his acting prowess, and get a deserved Oscar nomination, for his role in this entertaining tale of a boy who becomes a manTom Hanks shows his acting prowess, and get a deserved Oscar nomination, for his role in this entertaining tale of a boy who becomes a man overnight. Although now over twenty years old the film does still hold up today and the concept still hasn't been bettered. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Jul 31, 2007
    2
    More like 1-year-old comedy.

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