Mixed or average reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. Has all the crowd-pleasing elements moviegoers respond to: appealing hero, absorbing story, a solid group of supporting players and a big fat happy ending.
  2. 80
    The key to success: The audience must really like both characters and believe that they deserve a fairy-tale ending. That's definitely the case in this nicely acted love story.
  3. 80
    Dares to substitute wit and warmth for the standard gay indie tropes in tackling its tale of an unconventional couple.
  4. But it's more than a crowd-pleaser shot at spectacular Rocky mountain locations -- it's almost revolutionary.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Heller
    It's a refreshing alternative to hipper-than-thou moviemaking.
  6. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    It's unlikely that the whole cowboy town would really applaud all the queer goings-on, but it's a lovely sentiment in a lovely movie.
  7. 70
    A rosy, hearthside fantasy of acceptance that's so assured in its writing and direction, it's nearly impossible not to believe.
  8. 70
    Funny, moving, and insightful look at questions about identity and community.
  9. An accomplished heart-tugger, a serious romantic comedy that tackles two dilemmas with honesty and compassion.
  10. Writer and first-time director Thomas Bezucha certainly knows how to create warmth, ambience and situation.
  11. 67
    Entertaining, well-acted and hopeful about a world in which sexual orientation isn't a big deal, Big Eden is a pretty picture -- it just tends to be a little too perfect and cute for its own good.
  12. Director Bezucha's eyes are as starry as Montana's sky, but it's pretty hard to resist such a determinedly utopian vision of love.
  13. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Little of this is plausible, but it is beguiling.
  14. By creating a kind of politically correct version of Andy Griffith's "Mayberry," director Bezucha has drained the movie not only of bigotry but also of dramatic conflict.
  15. Too cute by half (or maybe three-quarters).
  16. Yet as wonderful as it is to see a breezy, earnest romantic comedy that is so matter-of-factly gay-themed, Big Eden suffers somewhat, unsurprisingly, from some of the usual perils of a breezy, earnest romantic comedy.
  17. 50
    Until the plot becomes intolerably cornball, there's charm in the story.
  18. 50
    The movie is as flat and plain as a television program, and most of the supporting characters (including Louise Fletcher as a kindly schoolmarm) seem equally two-dimensional, as if they had wandered in from the set of "The Andy Griffith Show."

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